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Olaudah Equiano

Writer from United Kingdom,United States of America,England,Nigeria

Olaudah Equiano Olaudah Equiano(c. 1745 – 31 March 1797) also known as Gustavus Vassa, was a prominent African involved in the British movement for the abolition of the slave trade. He was enslaved as a child, purchased his freedom, and worked as an author, merchant, and explorer in South America, the Caribbean, the Arctic, the American colonies, and the United Kingdom, where he settled by 1792. His autobiography, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, depicts the horrors of slavery and influenced the enactment of the Slave Trade Act of 1807. According to his own account, Olaudah Equiano was born in 1745 to the Igbo people in the region now known as Nigeria. The youngest son, he had five brothers and a younger sister. When he was eleven, he and his sister were kidnapped and sold to native slaveholders. After changing hands several times, Equiano was taken to the coast where he was held by European slave traders. He was transported with 244 other enslaved Africans across the Atlantic Ocean to Barbados in the West Indies, from where he and a few others were soon transferred to the British colony of Virginia. Some writers claim Equiano was born in colonial South Carolina, not in  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1745
Place of birth
Nigeria
Nationality
United Kingdom,United States of America,England,Nigeria
Spouse(s)
Susannah Cullen
Children
Joanna Vassa
Profession
Writer

Death

Date of death
1797-03-31
Place of death
London

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