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1. Go to

2. Pass the mouse over “voyages database” at the top of the page

3. When it drops down, click on “search the voyages database”

4. On the right hand side of the new page is the “list of voyages” which contains the record to 35,000 slave ship voyages

5. On the left hand side of that page, under “select time frame,” you can control the time period that you want to search

6. Under “list of voyages,” click on the name of the ship to get the full ship record


List the names of 4 slave ships from the database, one ship from the 1500s, one from the 1600s, one from the 1700s, and one from the 1800s.

For each ship you list, provide 6 items: (1) Ship’s name (2) Nationality of ship owner (called ‘Flag’ in the record) (3) Region/s of slave purchase (4) Region/s of slave landing (5) Total slaves embarked (picked-up) (6) Total slaves disembarked (dropped off)

Typed. DUE MONDAY FEB 27 (Please try to fit it all on 1 page – make 4 columns). Attached Files:

Olaudah Equiano, 1745-1797, was, after Tousssaint L’Ouverture, perhaps the most famous black person in the world during his day. In 1789, Equiano wrote and published his autobiography, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, Written by Himself, which became the first English language international best-seller by a black author. The book did not only make Equiano a famous celebrity. The book also provided the anti-slave trade movement in Britain and elsewhere in the Atlantic World with a first-person account of the horrors of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, and thereby greatly contributed to the shift in popular sentiment away from supporting slavery and towards the eventual abolition of the TAST by the British parliament in 1807.


Read the excerpt attached at the link above (which is from Chapter 2 of the autobiography) and based on your reading of the excerpt and on our class discussions so far, answer the following:

1. Who kidnapped Equiano? Was he kidnapped by his own people? How was he captured?

2. Does Equiano ever use the word “tribe” in his descriptions? What term does he use to describe the African societies he passes through on his way to the coast?

3. What type of West African society does Equiano come from?

4. How does Equiano contrast domestic slavery in West Africa with the plantation slavery he will experience in Barbados?

5. Why is Equiano sometimes referred to as the first African?

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