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Olaudah Equiano was taken by force at the age of eleven from his West African village of Benin He was then put on a ship to travel through the rough Middle Passage of the Atlantic Ocean to become a slave in the West Indies In the West Indies Barbados he was put up for sale to work in the sugar plantations Then in 1766 he was sold to a Virginian farmer to be a slave there He was a slave in North America for ten years and then he was allowed to buy his freedom He left North American and went to Great Britain In Great Britain he worked as a barber and became an abolish nest He spoke out against slavery and in 1789 wrote a book about his life called The Interesting Narrative of the life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa the African written by himself This was thought to be the first book written by a former slave In 1745 Equiano was born in Benin which in now Virginia he was a member of the farming village of Iseeke they were in the IBO tribe Equiano wrote in his autobiography that he was brought up to be a farmer and a great warrior He was the youngest child and his mother would dress him up to look like a great warrior Before the people of his tribe were kidnapped for slavery he described a simple life of farm labor and playing with the other tribe kids Then one day while he was playing he saw from a tree the white men come and take people away including himself He was bound and gagged and given no food for days He soon arrived on the coast of Africa where he was beginning his horrible journey to Barbados through the difficult Middle Passage of the Atlantic Ocean In
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