FC: The Slave Trade
1: The slave trade was a horrible thing. It started in the 1500's. Traders stared taking men, women, and children.There was one person how bought his freedom. His name was Olaudah Equian.
2: Olaudah Equian was born in 1745. In his village the older children were the look out. When they would yell out when a slave trader was coming. Olaudah and his sister hear the call and they didn't have enough time to hide. His sister and him were capture and sold to different family's.
3: He was sold to another trader. When he was drug to the ship he fainted. When he woke up him and the others were forced below deck. They air was unbearable. Many died from the conditions.He would get sick from it so during the day they would let him sit about the ships hold to get fresh air.
4: When he reached the west Indies he was amazed by how different things were. Olaudah was one of the last ones chosen. He was spent with a family to take care of an old many who didn't have much time left. After the old man pasted, Olaudah was sold to a sea captain. There the captain let the sailors teach him how to read and write.
5: Later Olaudah started selling fruit to the sailors for little money but soon saved enough to buy this freedom. As a free man he lived in England. When he travel to his home land there was no sign of his family.
6: Source: World Cultures Book Slave trade work sheet and Olaudah Equian PDF