By James Walvin
The autobiography of Olaudah Equiano, a well-known 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 exchange. This learn makes an attempt to create a rounded portrait of the guy at the back of the literary photo, and to review Equiano within the context of Atlantic slavery.
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42. , p. 41. In fact modern scholars have had difficulty locating this name which, some feel, has no obvious Igbo roots. , 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.
Vol. I, p. 494. 6 Joseph Miller, Ways of Death: Merchant Capitalism and the Angola Slave Trade (London, 1988), pp. Journal of African History, 30 (1989), pp. 385-6. 7 Interesting Narrative, p. 53. 8 John Atkins, A Voyage to Guinea, Brasil and the West Indies (London, 1735), p. 179. 9 Interesting Narrative, pp. 55-6. 10 Alexander Falconbridge, An Account of the Slave Trade on the Coast of Africa (London, 1788), p. 19. 11 Interesting Narrative, p. 56. , p. 20. 13 Interesting Narrative, pp. 56-7.
No longer a stranger, less ill at ease in a European environment, he was altogether more at peace with himself. But he was also keen to persuade his readers that he had begun, in his early days in England, to appreciate the benefits of English life: My griefs too... were now wearing away; and I soon enjoyed myself pretty well, and felt tolerably easy in my present situation. 7 The boys were sometimes forced to box with each other, for the entertainment and gambling of men on board. 8 Indeed, many of the most famous of eighteenth-century naval heroes had joined the Navy as children.
African's Life, 1745-1797 (The Black Atlantic Series) by James Walvin