About Domingo van Bengal, SV/PROG
- The first slaves at the Cape and the challenges faced
- Of the first twelve slaves in the Cape up to 1657, four were children under the age of 12, and of the adults, six were from India. These were Maria of Bengal (1655), Catharina of Bengal (1656), Catharina of Paliacatte (1657), Angela of Bengal (1657), Domingo of Bengal (1657) and another Maria of Bengal (1658). Another slave, the very first slave, Abraham, was from Batavia (Jakarta) and had arrived in the Cape as a stowaway. The Bengali’s thus were the majority group.