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By James Walvin

The autobiography of Olaudah Equiano, a trendy 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 thousands of Africans within the period of the transatlantic slave alternate. This research makes an attempt to create a rounded portrait of the guy at the back of the literary snapshot, and to check Equiano within the context of Atlantic slavery.

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18 Interesting Narrative, p. 48. Africa Remembered 15 19 Paul Edwards, 'Master and Father in Equiano's Interesting Narrative', Slavery and Abolition, vol. n, no. 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.

Pp. 43-4. , pp. 17-20. , pp. 72-97. 16 Interesting Narrative, p. 40. 17 For a recent statement of this argument, see John Thornton, Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World, 1400-1680 (Cambridge, 1992), Ch. 3. 18 Interesting Narrative, p. 48. Africa Remembered 15 19 Paul Edwards, 'Master and Father in Equiano's Interesting Narrative', Slavery and Abolition, vol. n, no. 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.

Incomprehension and ignorance was all too readily construed as wilful refusal or slavish resistance by white masters and mistresses. Even the reassurances of experienced local slaves could not always allay newcomers' fears, most especially in the tumult of the slave sales. Equiano found himself in a group marched to a merchant's yard in Bridgetown, 'where we were all pent up together like so many sheep in a fold, without regard to sex or age'. A few days later, the formal sale began 'after the usual manner'.

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