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FC: A Look into the Life of an African Slave
1: Olaudah Equiano Olaudah Equiano was a boy when he was captured and taken from his village. This presentation will look into his experiences, and what many other Africans felt being taken and sold into slavery.
2: The Capture Olaudah and his sister, like many people, were abducted from their village. Strange men came and abducted them while their parents were working in the fields. They took them away and put soiled rags into their mouths and sacks over their heads. They were carried until nightfall, then offered food. Olauduh and his sister were too sick to eat because of how terrified they were.
4: The Journey to the Ship Olaudah was forced to walk a very long way. The landscapes changed, as did the people and languages. When he saw the coast, he was scared, and thought the water was land the color of the sky, and as if that wasn't enough, it was moving land. The many Africans who had never seen the coast were terrified, especially when they found out they had to go onto the 'moving land'.
6: The Slave Ship Aboard the slave ship, Olaudah was so shocked, he fainted. Once he came to, he was greeted by other slaves. There was a big pot of boiling water, and he was fearful that the white men would cook and eat him. Once he was assured that they were not, he began to protest against the white men, with their long hair, white skin, and unfamiliar and odd language, by not eating.
7: The conditions inside the ship were appalling and terrifying. There was little room at all for each person. The waste receptacles were rarely emptied, so the hold wreaked of the smell of vomit and human feces. Olaudah was allowed on deck because of his age and health. He welcomed the fresh air, compared to the rancid, disgusting air below. Many slaves died because of the horrible conditions, and were thrown overboard.
10: Slavery's Effects on Africa Slavery deeply effected Africa. Thousands and millions of people were taken from their villages and families. Many villages no longer exist because of the many people taken. Many families were taken and separated. With so many people missing, many cultures and societies didn't develop to their potential. Without all of the people taken, the population would be at least doubled by 1850.