By James Walvin
The autobiography of Olaudah Equiano, a renowned African in overdue 18th-century Britain, is quoted, anthologized and interpreted in dozens of books and articles. greater than any unmarried modern, Equiano speaks for the destiny of hundreds of thousands of Africans within the period of the transatlantic slave alternate. This examine makes an attempt to create a rounded portrait of the fellow at the back of the literary photograph, and to check Equiano within the context of Atlantic slavery.
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41. , pp. 326-8. 33 Walvin, Black Ivory, p. 71. 34 Interesting Narrative, p. 62. , p. 63. ), Commonwealth (Aarhus, 1971), pp. 20-1. This page intentionally left blank PART TWO VARIETIES OF SLAVERY This page intentionally left blank 3 A SLAVE AT SEA Landfall did not herald the end of the Africans' travels. Most were moved on, after sale, to other destinations; to plantations on the island, to another island, some still further to other distant colonies. Just when they must have thought life had settled down, they were again uprooted.
2 (1990). , p. 83. 21 The account of his enslavement is in Interesting Narrative, pp. 46-55. , p. 54. 23 This argument is developed in Chapter 10 below. 24 Interesting Narrative, p. 43. 2 SLAVE SHIPS AND LANDFALL Sometime around 1756 the young Equiano - confused, frightened and dispirited from months of travel and upheaval - caught sight of the British ship which would carry him across the Atlantic. He was only one of the three million Africans shipped across the Atlantic in British ships, and Equiano's ship was but one of a massive armada of such vessels used to transport African slaves.
17 PLATE 4. Cross-section of a slave ship: 'I was soon put down under the decks.. I now wished for the last friend, Death, to relieve me' (Equiano). Source: Mansell/Time Inc/Katz. 22 An African's Life Physical ailments spread quickly from slave to slave in the filth below decks. So too did despair. ' Slave ships were rigged with encircling nets, to catch any African intent on a watery grave. Equiano confessed that 'could I have got over the nettings, I would have jumped over the side, but I could not..