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Becomes Virginia Plantation Slave

It is believed that Olaudah Equiano was born in Nigeria, Africa, in 1745. He was the son of the chief of the East-Nigerian

Ibo tribe who probably lived near present-day Onitsha. As a child, Equiano experienced the security of tribal unity. This world was shattered, however, when he and his sister were captured by African tribesmen who participated in the slave trade. After being separated from his sister, Equiano was traded from village to village in Africa, where he worked for a variety of masters. Eventually taken to the coast of West Africa, Equiano was purchased by a European slave master. He was transported thousands of miles to the Caribbean island of Barbados, whose sugar plantations made it the richest British colony during the eighteenth century. Chained to many other captives in the hot, stinking hold of a slave ship, Equiano witnessed firsthand the brutal...

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