These filled me with astonishment, which was soon converted into terror, when I was carried on board.

I was immediately handled, and tossed up to see if I were sound, by some of the crew; and I was now persuaded that I had gotten into a world of bad spirits, and that they were going to kill me. •

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His narrative is extremely valuable not only for the wealth of information it presents on children's experiences in the slave trade, but also for those examining the abolitionist movement in England during this period of time. Many Africans who survived the coffles and made their way to the coast had never seen a white man, let alone the ocean or a slave ship. The book describes Equiano's time spent in enslavement, and documents his attempts at becoming an independent man through his study of the Bible, and his eventual success in gaining his own freedom and in business thereafter. .. One day, when we had a smooth sea and moderate wind, two of my wearied countrymen who were chained together (I was near them at the time), preferring death to such a life of misery, somehow made through the nettings and jumped into the sea.

I have never seen among my people such instances of brutal cruelty, and this not only shown towards us blacks, but also to some of the whites themselves. Performance & security by Cloudflare, Please complete the security check to access.

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422 0 obj <> endobj Those of us that were the most active were in a moment put down under the deck, and there was such a noise and confusion among the people of the ship as I never heard before to stop her and get the boat out to go after the slaves. Completing the CAPTCHA proves you are a human and gives you temporary access to the web property. Instant downloads of all 1372 LitChart PDFs (including The Life of Olaudah Equiano). The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Written by Himself. from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano Olaudah Equiano Kidnapped My father, besides many slaves, had a numerous family of which seven lived to grow up, including myself and a sister who was the only daughter.

Immediately another quite dejected fellow, who on account of his illness was suffered to be out of irons, followed their example. 431 0 obj <>/Filter/FlateDecode/ID[<31734E897B6FF54385416EF89A6AF9A3><6850A81F7DA4424E9FD4585F9115E855>]/Index[422 19]/Info 421 0 R/Length 63/Prev 196270/Root 423 0 R/Size 441/Type/XRef/W[1 2 1]>>stream One white man in particular I saw, when we were permitted to be on deck, flogged so unmercifully with a large rope near the foremast that he died in consequence of it, and they tossed him over the side as they would have done a brute.

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I had never experienced anything of this kind before, and, although not being used to the water, I naturally feared that element the first time I saw it, yet, nevertheless, could I have got over the nettings, I would have jumped over the side, but I could not; and besides, the crew used to watch us very closely who were not chained down to the decks, lest we should leap into the water; and I have seen some of these poor African prisoners most severely cut, for attempting to do so, and hourly whipped for not eating. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano Early Life born in 1745, in what is now Nigeria son of a chief Freedom Olaudah Equiano and his sister were abducted and brought to the coast.

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