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The life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa traces from African freedom through European enslavement to Anglican freedom Olaudah was born in 1745 in a part of Africa called Guinea here there are districts he was born Essaka The life here was agriculture it was the main part of employment for everyone in the district even the women and childrenp17 In this part of Africa if the Europeans want slaves they hire a chief he then takes his tribe to capture slaves The leader chief usually goes to other districts or states to start battle and get prisoners As Olaudah remembers when he was little his people were suddenly attacked but they became victorious The chief of the attack was taken and killed because he was the leader of the invasion The rest were taken as prisoners and used as slaves These slaves had easy lives they worked were clothed and almost lived like the others On some occasions these slaves could even have slaves of their own the only difference between the two is that they could not eat in the same placep19 When Olaudah and the other childrens parents went to the fields to work the children would get together and play One of the children would always have to look out for someone trying to capture them into slavery At the age of eleven Olaudah and his sister were at home watching the house when two men and a woman jumped over the wall and captured the two They were tied up and traveled many days they also refused to eat unless forced to While the two were traveling the only time they could find comfort was when they were sleeping or crying in each others arms The two of them could no longer find comfort because they were seperated and took in two different directions Olaudah was treated very well at his new masters house he worked in the kitchen in
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