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The Middle Passage was a dreadful journey of vessels that carried slaves and went from Africa to other European colonies Two Slaves who went through this voyage from their homeland recollect their experience Phillis Wheatley and Olaudah Equiano were two slaves who were kidnapped from Africa at a young age They both share their views and experiences of slavery into literary pieces Phillis Wheatleys To the Right Honourable William Earl of Dartmouth and Equianos selections from The Life of Gustavus Vassa are literary pieces that talk about their views experiences and ideas in relation to slavery Like Phillis Wheatley Olaudah Equiano was born in an African village During a recreational event with his younger sister both of them were kidnapped and sold into slavery to another village From there they moved into yet another village and eventually they were captured and sold to European slavers In Equianos Autobiography he describes in detail his appalling journey through what was known as The Middle Passage While he was a slave under a certain owner he developed the knowledge of mercantilism He became a merchant himself and obtained the money to buy his freedom Eventually Equiano moved to England where he published the first-ever autobiography of a slave Phillis Wheatleys account was slightly different in that of Equianos Phillis was raised as a Christian by her owners who were missionaries Phillis Wheatley was the first American poet One of her famous poems was written during the Revolutionary War and it was addressed to George Washington Although she lived a short life dieing at about the age of 30 Phillis Wheatley became known as an extraordinary poetical genius Both Phillis Wheatley and Olaudah Equiano address the topic of slavery based on their personal experiences which are relatively different Olaudah Equianos and Phillis Wheatleys view of slavery is different in the sense of their tone and attitude Since Phillis Wheatleys poem was addressed to a person of high
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