Olaudah Equiano Research Paper

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Olaudah Equiano also known as Gustavus Vassa is an author, leader of the anti-slave trade movement in 1780s, and from Benin. Gustavus Vassa published his autobiography “The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano” in 1789. In it, he explains his early life, enslavement, on the slave ship, and last but not least life in slavery. Equiano had the capacity to finish something that practically every slave without a doubt longed for; he was no longer property. This narrative is an effective one telling about the treatment of slaves, additionally huge numbers of the great things Equiano accomplished while he was a slave. He gives an apparently legit and impartial record to his voyages abroad. The autobiography focuses on “when Equiano was enslaved as a young boy and passed through a variety of experiences, many of them horrible; but he managed to acquire enough learning and independence to become a major voice advocating an end to slavery.”(Equiano, pg. 1).…show more content…
Equiano was conceived on 1745 in Eboe, which is currently Nigeria. At the age of 11, Olaudah Equiano and his sister were captured and sold into slavery by members of another tribe, from his Ibo village in West Africa (presently in the area of Benin) and was sold into slavery. Ultimately, Equiano is sold to traders who bring him "sometimes by land, sometimes by water, through different countries and various nations, till . . . [he] arrive[s] at the sea coast" (p. 69). Equiano is a slave ship owner that is bound for the West Indies, and he goes on a journey across the Atlantic Ocean. While on the ship enslaved Africans were bought and sent to North America, and Equiano witnessed it all. Although Equiano witnesses the sale of slaves in the West Indies, Equiano himself is not purchased, and he stays with the Dutch ship, traveling from the West Indies to North

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