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The writings of both authors William Bradford and Olaudah Equiano are very important because they show us first and accounts of their ideas and horrors Bradford and Equiano both have many similarities To begin with both of them leave a country for a specific reason Bradford leaves his country England to escape religious prosecution William 1 and Equiano leaves America to avoid discrimination and becoming a slave again Elements 56 Bradford left his country roots to traveled to Holland before sailing to the New World and helping establish a Plymouth Colony for English Puritans William 1 According to Elements 56 when Equiano bought his freedom he left America to forget his slavery horrors that had happened there Secondly Bradford and Equiano married Englishwomen Bradford marries twice His first wife Dorothy felled from the Mayflowers deck and drowned during the voyage Kelso 2 Bradfords second wife was Alice Carpenter Southworth a widow 3 Equiano gets married in London at the age of 47 to an Englishwoman Susanna Cullen Elements 56 While having many similarities Bradford and Equiano also had many differences For example their reason to go to America the New World Equiano had no choice he was forced to go At 11 he was kidnapped into domestic slavery He was held captive in West Africa for seven months and then sold to British slavers who shipped him to Barbados and took him to Virginia In 1766 Equiano was able to buy his freedom and with that accomplished he left to London They 1 On the other hand William Bradford was not forced to go to America he and the Nonconformists chose to go to escape religious prosecution William 1 By sailing to the New World they thought they could expect more religious toleration while still preserving their English heritage 2 Another difference was their religion Bradford became a regular attender at puritan and separatist meetings Kelso 3 It was illegal for Nonconformists to
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