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Robert Ross

commander of the short-lived Dutch colony at the Cape of Good Hope, was born on the island of Mauritius. His father was Dutch and his mother, from Batavia, was the daughter of Hendrik Lievens, a Dutch ship’s captain, and Monica da Costa, a slave woman from Coromandel on the southeast coast of India. He was brought up in Batavia, and moved to the Netherlands in 1659. There he married into the influential Six family in Amsterdam. He served in the Amsterdam militia as a cavalry officer in the 1672 war with France. He was then, in 1679 appointed commander of the Dutch East India Company or VOC for Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie station at the Cape of Good Hope presumably due to Six influence and very possibly to escape a marriage that had gone sour He remained as commander until he was succeeded by his son Willem Adriaen in ...