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Olaudah Project

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1: Olaudah and his sister heard a loud cry meaning people were coming to take the children.Then they saw the travelers rush into the village. Both of then went to the farthest corner of there hut and hid. There hearts were pounding. It didn't take the travelers long to find them. they were roughly seized and carried out of the village. Once out they put on the ground and there hands were tied behind there | backs. They were offered food but could not eat because of being sick of fear and from the dirty socks in there mouths. After a few days they reached a larger African settlement and there is were they got sent to different families. During seven months in slavery in Africa he was treated mostly kindly. He treated as family some of time and he had simple tasks. | later he was sold to another trader. Then he was marched many miles and saw the land scape begin to change. Olaudah was scared and had to be dragged to the sea. He noticed the ship and the sea and the weird people how they looked and talked different from him. He thought they were devils. since he was young he was not chained like the adults.

2: Then he was dragged aboard the ship and there he saw a large copper pot. He thought that the men were going to boil him alive and eat him, and fainted. when he woke he went to were the black men were standing and they assured him they would not eat him. He looked toward the shore and saw he was moving away from it. He realized he would not see his home again. | Then the slaves were forced below deck. The hold was over crowded and there was not a lot of room. Allover the ship people were sweating, vomiting, urinating and defecating. from fear and movement of the ship. the smell was overpowering and many fainted or died from the stale air. There were tubs at the end of the hold that were used as toilets. | The tubs were rarely emptied and many small kids fell in and drowned. Olaudah was so ill he was able to sit on deck for fresh air. All he wanted to do though was to die. He was unable to jump the the ship because of nets on the sides of the boat so he did not eat. He was beaten for not eating and wanted not to be beaten so he began to eat again.

3: For exercise on the boat the people would dance if they could move there chains. The middle passage was called the way it was because it was the middle leg of a three part voyage that began and ended in Europe. The first leg of the voyage carried a cargo that often included iron, cloth, brandy, firearms, and gunpowder. When they had landed on the slave coast, | the cargo was exchanged for Africans. Once loaded with its human cargo, the ship set sail for the Americas, where the slaves were exchanged for sugar, tobacco, or some other goods.The final leg brought the ship back to Europe. With the horrible conditions of the trip and the unpromising future that lay ahead many Africans preferred to die. | The slaves were branded with hot irons and restrained with shackles. Despite the efforts to keep as many slaves as possible alive the Middle Passage death rates were high. Although it's difficult to determine how many Africans died whole trip to America it's believed that between ten and twenty percent of those transported lost their lives.

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