By James Walvin
The autobiography of Olaudah Equiano, a widespread African in past due 18th-century Britain, is quoted, anthologized and interpreted in dozens of books and articles. greater than any unmarried modern, Equiano speaks for the destiny of hundreds of thousands of Africans within the period of the transatlantic slave exchange. This learn makes an attempt to create a rounded portrait of the guy in the back of the literary picture, and to review Equiano within the context of Atlantic slavery.
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With British control established, the bulk of the fleet returned to England, but not before further skirmishings with French vessels in the Channel on the last leg home. When his ship put into Portsmouth for a refit, late in 1758, Equiano travelled to London with his master. Equiano was now back in the country he had first visited more than three years before. For much of the interim he had been at sea, and was now a seasoned sailor, long accustomed to the terrors of the deep and of warfare, and no longer afraid of their dangers.
7. , p. 127. 4 For some recent findings see David Eltis and David Richardson (eds), Routes to Slavery (London, 1997)5 See Introduction by Paul Edwards, in facsimile edition of The Interesting Narrative (London, 1969), pp. xlvii-xlix. 6 Definitions of the Igbo people remain more uncertain than we might imagine. The regions, cultures and history of the Igbo people in all their shifting nature can best be approached through the work of Elizabeth Isichei: The Ibo People and the Europeans (London, 1976); A History of the Igbo People (London, 1976).
34. , p. 37. 10 On heathenism see Winthrop D. Jordan, White over Black (New York, 1969). 11 Interesting Narrative, p. 42. , p. 41. In fact modern scholars have had difficulty locating this name which, some feel, has no obvious Igbo roots. , pp. 43-4. , pp. 17-20. , pp. 72-97. 16 Interesting Narrative, p. 40. 17 For a recent statement of this argument, see John Thornton, Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World, 1400-1680 (Cambridge, 1992), Ch. 3. 18 Interesting Narrative, p. 48. Africa Remembered 15 19 Paul Edwards, 'Master and Father in Equiano's Interesting Narrative', Slavery and Abolition, vol.