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Gustavus Vassa

Born Olaudah Equiano and sometimes called "The African," he was born in the African province of Essaka is 1745. Gustavus says that he'd been given another name in the early days of his slavery and had initially refused to answer to the name "Gustavus," but eventually gave in. He is an intelligent man and adept at trading. His services are coveted because he is so capable and hardworking. When he's purchased by a master who has land and shipping ventures, Gustavus wants desperately to go to sea. He's learned much about shipping and knows that he has the potential to make enough money there to buy his freedom. He accomplishes saving that money in a matter of only a few years, though there are some pitfalls along the way. When he then asks his owner to release him, the owner initially refuses but is convinced by an employee...

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