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Willem Adriaan van der Stel

Also Known As: "Wilhelmus", "Govenor."
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Haarlem, Haarlem, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands
Death: Died in Lisse, Lisse, Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands
Immediate Family:

Son of Simon van der Stel, SV/PROG and Johanna Jacoba Six
Husband of Maria de Haze
Father of Simon van der Stel; Willem Adriaan van der Stel; Simon van der Stel; Maria van der Stel; Cornelia van der Stel and 1 other
Brother of Adriaan van der Stel; Catelina van der Stel; Francois van der Stel; Henrico van der Stel, b5; Cornelis van der Stel and 1 other

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About Willem Adriaan van der Stel

  • "Willem Adriaan van der Stel (August 24, 1664, Haarlem – November 11, 1733, Lisse) [1][2] was appointed as extraordinary Council of the Dutch Indies,[3] and Governor of the Cape Colony, a way station for the Dutch East India Company (VOC), from January 23, 1699 to 1707. He was dismissed after a revolt and was exiled to the Netherlands." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willem_Adriaan_van_der_Stel

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  • A somewhat different view of the man and his administration - "Now Willem Adriaan has been much abused, especially by Peter Kolbe and Dr. Theal, though fortunately he has had a staunch friend in Mr. Leibbrandt. His period of rule ended in disaster; he was recalled from the Cape in something like disgrace by the Directors; his name, like that of Lord Charles Somerset, is popularly associated with harshness and tyranny. Yet if the records prove anything they prove that he was as good a man as his father, that he ruled wisely and kindly, and that his fall was due to a wicked conspiracy bolstered up by charges which were, one and all of them, entirely and absolutely false. " - and a very long and full account of his life at the Cape here: http://www.heritage-history.com/index.php?c=read&author=colvin&book=south&story=derstel2

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  • From From Bengal to the Cape - Bengali Slaves in South Africa 2013 Xlibris Corporation, Ansu Datta

...between 1699 and 1707, Willem Adriaen van der Stel, son of Simon van der Styel, one time VOC commander of the Cape, maintained 150 slaves at the lodge whom he had purchased."

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- From http://www.e-family.co.za/ffy/g6/p6881.htm :

  • bought a slave, Lijsje van de Caab from Geertruy Lubbringh on 29 February 1704
  • bought a slave, Adam van Batavia, from Jacob Regenboog on 31 March 1704
  • Willem Adriaan van der Stel bought a slave, Diana van Cochin on 7 May 1704
  • owned Catharina Jonker who was born in bondage, before 6 February 1707
  • owned Bernardus NN who was born in bondage, before 28 August 1707
  • owned Pieter Joannes NN who was born in bondage, before 28 August 1707,
  • owned Laurens NN van de Caep who was born in bondage, before 28 August 1707
  • owned Gideon NN who was born in bondage, before 28 August 1707
  • owned Joannes NN who was born in bondage, before 28 August 1707
  • On 28 August 1707,
  • owner of Antony NN.
  • owner of Jan Frederik
  • owner of Francisco NN
  • owner of Elsje NN.
  • owned Antie NN who was born in bondage, before 14 December 1707

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Willem Adriaan van der Stel's Timeline

1664
August 24, 1664
Haarlem, Haarlem, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands
1685
1685
Age 20
1687
1687
Age 22
1692
October 1692
Age 28
1694
February 5, 1694
Age 29
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
1733
November 11, 1733
Age 69
Lisse, Lisse, Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands
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