In 1756 when Olaudah Equiano was 11 yrs old, he and his sisters were kidnapped and sold on to white slave traders. This was the last time he saw his family.
Olaudah wrote a book that was published in 1789 "The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano"
I am so grateful to be free and have my book published.
After becoming a house servant, Olaudah was purchased by a Naval Lieutenant, Michael Pascal. During his time on the ship, he learned how to read and write by a man called Richard Baker who also taught him mathematics.
Olaudah married a white English woman named Susannah Cullen on 7th April 1792
Later, he was freed by Pascal but then he was re-enslaved in London to a merchant ship. He travelled with the ship captain and worked as a deck hand before he was sold again to a merchant called Robert King. Three years later, after gaining enough money, Olaudah bought his own freedom. He spent the next 20 years travelling the world.
The Death of Olaudah Equiano 1797
After getting his freedom from slavery, Olaudah Equiano wrote his book on being a slave in hopes that it will help against discrimination against slaves. The book came out on 1789. It became a bestseller and was also published in Germany, America and Holland.
For the rest of Olaudah's life, he was able to live peacefully. In 1792, Olaudah married a white English woman named Susanna Cullen and had two daughters.