Hendrik Crudop

Hendrik Crudop (c. 1646 – after 1720) was a VOC official who also acted as commander at the Cape of Good Hope after the death of Commander Johan Bax van Herenthals in 1678 until the arrival of Simon van der Stel.[1][2][3]

Hendrik Crudop
Acting Commander of the Cape
In office
29 June 1678 – 12 October 1679
Preceded byJohan Bax van Herenthals
Succeeded bySimon van der Stel
Personal details
Bornc. 1646
Diedafter 1720
Spouse(s)Catharina de Vooght


Crudop arrived at the Cape in 1668 as a midship man and in the same year became steward to Commander Cornelis van Quaelberg and later to Commander Jacob Borghorst, a position which he held 'with considerable diligence and success'.[4] Since the VOC's policy was to reduce its expenses, Crudop had in 1671 to combine the duties of fiscal, secretary of the Council of Policy and accountant. In addition, he acted as president of the Orphan Chamber from 1674, became the Company's storekeeper in 1675. In 1676 he was appointed secunde (second in command). He obtained the rank of merchant when appointed as secunde but retained all his previous duties.[5]

After the death of Johan Bax van Herenthals on 29 June 1678, he acted as Commander until 12 October 1679. In 1680, he asked the visiting Commissioner Sybrand Abbema for a transfer to Batavia. His request was granted in 1680 and in 1681 he was appointed Governor of Honimoa in the Governorate of Ambon. Illness however forced him to return to Batavia in 1682 and after he recovered, he was appointed secunde at Banda in January 1684 and four days later became senior merchant. In 1687 he was appointed secunde of Amboyna in the Governorate of Ambonand in 1720 he was still mentioned in the Monsterrollen of Batavia among the officials of the VOC.[4][5]


Crudop was the son of Hinrich Krutop and his wife Ilsabe Grothaus. He married Catharina de Vooght in 1671 and the couple had three sons. The youngest son, Johan Adriaan became Councillor Ordinary of the Dutch East Indies in Batavia.[4]

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  1. ^ Theal, George McCall (2010-12-02). History and Ethnography of Africa South of the Zambesi, from the Settlement of the Portuguese at Sofala in September 1505 to the Conquest of the Cape Colony by the British in September 1795. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-108-02333-7.
  2. ^ "Intro (African) to the Resolutions of Cape of Good Hope / VOC-bevelvoerders aan die Kaap die Goeie Hoop". www.tanap.net. Retrieved 2020-05-08.
  3. ^ Heniger, J. (1986-06-01). Hendrik Adriaan Van Reed Tot Drakestein 1636-1691 and Hortus, Malabaricus. CRC Press. ISBN 978-90-6191-681-9.
  4. ^ a b c Kruger, D. W. (1977). Dictionary of South African biography: Vol III. Pretoria: Human Sciences Research Council. p. 188. ISBN 0-624-00856-8. OCLC 20937.
  5. ^ a b Hoge, J. (1946). Personalia of the Germans at the Cape, 1652–1806. Cape Town. p. 65.