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BC: Sources | -Worksheet on "The Life Of Olaudah Equiano". -Chapter 4 Lesson 3 on page 93 in the World Cultures Book.

FC: Slavery In Africa

1: Being Captured | Slave Traders used to find African Villages and break in and take people such as children,moms,and dads. The slave traders would take someone and put a dirty cloth in there mouth so they could not scream or talk, as well as putting a sack on their head so they could not see where they were going.

2: The Ships | The Africans were then sold to another slave trader who then brought them onto a ship. The men and women who were on top of the ship were usually chained, while everyone else was underneath. A lot of people got sick and died from all of the horrible smells. There were people sweating, vomiting,and urinating. Each person had on average 15 inches of space. When it came time to eat, the people who refused were usually beaten.

5: Slave Trade Map

6: The West Indies | As the ships reached the West Indies about half of the men and women who were on the boat at the beginning of this journey had died. Merchants and other people came onto the ship to see the slaves. Most of the people were looking for the most healthy ones. As a slave was bought they would usually be put into a pen of some sort, and from there they were being taken to their owners house.

7: Most of the slaves who were most healthy were given the jobs of being out in the field. The least healthy were given other jobs such as being in the kitchen which was mostly the women. In Olaudah's case he was given the job to sit by a sick mans bed and to get him whatever he needs. Most slave owners were very mean and didn't treat them that well, but for the few who got the good ones they were given breaks and even feed more then twice a day.

8: As few as 150,000 slaves were granted the right to be free by their owner. Most other slaves had died from starvation, illness, beaten to death, and many more terrible things. For the ones who had became free they were able to get jobs learn to read and write and many other things they couldn't do while being slaves. | FREEDOM!

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