Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa c.1745-1797

Olaudah Equiano was born in a village in Nigeria. At the age of 11 he was abducted and sold into slavery. He was eventually sold to Michael Pascal, a British Naval Officer, who renamed him Gustavus Vassa. During the Seven Years’ War between Britain and France 1756 -1763, Equiano served as a powder carrier with the Royal Navy.

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