Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Governor Simon van der Stel's mother was a free Slave Indian woman from Goa.


It is not well known that Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel born 14 October 1639 was the son of a Dutch Commander of Mauritius and a free slave Indian woman from Goa.
After an unhappy marriage in the Netherlands van der Stel arrived in the Cape without his wife in 1679. He died in June 1717.

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