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Zacharias Wagenaer

Also Known As: "Zacharias Wagener", "Zacharias Wagenaar", "Zacharias Wagner"
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Birthplace: Dresden, Dresden, Saxony, Germany
Death: Died in Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands
Place of Burial: Amsterdam, Government of Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands
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Husband of Maria aux Brébis

Managed by: George J. Homs
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Governor of the Cape Colony

In 1662 he went to Cape of Good Hope with his small family, five slaves and two horses.He followed Jan van Riebeeck as a governor on 6 May. van Riebeeck left the next day. Wagener was one of the five people laying the foundation of the Castle of Good Hope, which was started in August 1665. He constructed a waterbasin, supplying the ships with fresh water, a hospital, a school and a church. In 1666 his wife Anna Auxbrebis, whom he had married in 1648, died. On 27 September 1666 he resigned and Wagener went back to Batavia with his stepdaughter. Wikipedia...

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Zacharias Wagenaer's Timeline

1614
May 11, 1614
Dresden, Dresden, Saxony, Germany
1648
1648
Age 33
Jakarta Capital Region, Jakarta Capital Region, Indonesia
1662
May 6, 1662
Age 47

In 1662 Zacharias Wagenaer went to Cape of Good Hope with his small family, five slaves and two horses.He followed Jan van Riebeeck as (the colony's only German) governor on 6 May. van Riebeeck left the next day.

Wagener was one of the five people laying the foundation of the Castle of Good Hope, which was started in August 1665. He constructed a waterbasin, supplying the ships with fresh water, a hospital, a school and a church.

1663
November 1663
Age 49

Initially, it appears that Wagenaar saw Eva as an ordinary concubine, whom he also treated as a company servant. His first mention of her, a year and a half after his arrival in 1662 was scathing. At the time, Pieter was away on his last northern expedition. Wagenaar accused Eva of running away with the children without his permission, saying ` the thoughtless wench has played us the same trick before, throwing aside her clean, neat clothing and resuming old stinking skins of animals, like all the other filthy Hottentoo women'. When she was apprehended (at a house that fits the description of the location of Elizabeth van Opdorp-Reinertz's home) and returned, he briskly dismissed her explanation that she had gone to visit her niece who had just given birth. ( In sharp contrast to Eva's freedom of movement in the Van Riebeeck era, Wagenaar did not grant her the right to maintain free relationships with her Khoena kin. He considered leaving the fort without consulting him or getting his permission as intolerable behaviour …Wagenaar's clearly racist attitude towards Eva probably triggered the couple's decision to have a church wedding after so many years together.
[ Moodie, The Record, i, 271 (24 Nov. 1663). The journal claimed that Eva was found at the house of a free burger living beside the main road to the Cochoqua, a description often given for Jan and Elizabeth Reijnertz' house. http://eprints.ru.ac.za/709/1/Evas-men.pdf last accessed by Sharon Doubell 7 Apr 2013]

1664
1664
- 1666
Age 49

By 1666, Krotoa had clearly fallen out with Oedasoa. The Company comander Zacharias Wagenaar, speculated that he began avoiding contact with Eva because she had married a European, but this seems implausible since Pieter had been well known to Oedasoa and apparently trusted by him for several years and the couple already had two children together. In fact, in 1664 Oedasoa had made an unusually generous offer to Eva of 100 cattle and500 sheep. Since this was also the year that Pieter and Eva formally married, it is possible that the offer was intended as a wedding gift, something sometimes given to orphans without other forms of support. Two months after the wedding, Pieter and Eva travelled together to visit Oedasoa,at his invitation, perhaps in an effort to collect, but Oedasoa never paid up and stopped coming into the fort.

The journal sheds little light on the reasons behind this. Perhaps Oedasoa expected Pieter and Eva to leave Dutch employment since his gift to them would have made them wealthy enough to live independently. It appears more likely that Oedasoa became disaffected with the Dutch in general and the church wedding signified the young couple’s commitment to live in conformity with the dictates of Dutch society. In the journal Wagenaar probably obscured the more deep-rooted reasons for the falling out between Oedasoa and the Dutch. During early 1664, the chief had become a regular visitor to the fort, bringing in large contingents of Cochoqua to be regaled and entertained by the Dutch. He often arrived with fifty people just as the Dutch were sitting down to church or dinner, much to the chagrin of Wagenaar who resented his presence as anintrusion. Oedasoa undoubtedly detected Wagenaar's blatant racism. Tithe journal, Wagenaar confided that he saw Oedasoa and his followers as` these incomparably greedy and beggarly men - a sharp contrast to VanRiebeeck's perception of Oedasoa as ` stately and dignified'. Perhaps Oedasoa's biggest disappointment with the Dutch in this period came in the early months of 1664, when he actively sought their military assistance in a war against his Hessequa enemies. He offered to pay the Dutch generously in cattle if they agreed. The Dutch, however, declined on the grounds that they wanted to remain friendly with all Khoena chiefs and not show favouritism. Oedasoa soon stopped coming into the fort, although the Cochoqua trade in livestock continued.. [Wells http://eprints.ru.ac.za/709/1/Evas-men.pdf last accessed by Sharon Doubell 7 Apr 2013]

1666
September 27, 1666
Age 52

In 1666 Zacharias Wagenaer's wife, Anna Auxbrebis, whom he had married in 1648, died. On 27 September 1666 he resigned and went back to Batavia with his stepdaughter.

1668
October 12, 1668
Age 54
Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands
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Amsterdam, Government of Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands