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Transcript of Olaudah Equiano
Olaudah Equiano was born in Igboland.
As a slave of a naval captain Equiano trained in sowing and always traveled with his master especially during the Seven Years War.
February 1759 his master allowed him to be baptized at St. Margaret's Westminster.
He died March 31, 1797, in London, United Kingdom.
Because he was a slave no one knows the exact day he was born but the year was 1745.
As a child he was enslaved in his village of Essaka, in what is now southern Nigeria, and shipped to the West Indies, being sold in Virginia.
His father was a man of dignity given the name "Embrench'e".
Equiano remembered an incident when an attempted kidddnaping of children was ruined by adults in his village.
One day when all the adults left for work they were kidnapped and sold to slave holders.
He was transported with 244 other slaves across the Alantic Ocean where he was sold to Michael Pascal where he renamed Equiano to "Gustavus Vassa".
Equiano wrote briefly in book about iron muzzles that were used to keep slave quiet making it unable to eat or speak.
He was then sold to several other master but finally was sold" to the best master there was" named Captain Doros.
Equiano was about 20 years old.
He had been promised freedom for forty pounds.
He bought his freedom.
He had been taught how to read and write before he was freed.
While he was loading a ship he was almost recaptured and put back to slavery.
Once freed he traveled to London where he became in the involved abolitionist movement
While traveling he wrote a book named
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano.
In his book he talked about his life as a slave, how it affected him and what it was likee.
“...and I had a great curiosity to talk to the books, as I thought they did; and so to learn how all things had a beginning: for that purpose I have often taken up a book, and have talked to it, and then put my ears to it, when alone, in hopes it would answer me; and I have been very much concerned when I found it remained silent.”
April 7, 1792 he married a local woman named Susannah Cullen
She passed away at the age of 34 in February 1976
The marriage symbolized the unification of Britain and Africa.
They had 2 daughters named Maria and Joanna.
Although Equiano's death is recorded in London in 1797, the location of his burial is unsubstantiated
nformation:Wikipedia contributors. "Olaudah Equiano." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 27 Aug. 2014. Web. 27 Aug. 2014.