Throughout his life, Olaudah Equiano experienced many hardships. One such hardship was when Equiano was on the slave ship being transported from one place to another. This slave ship could have been like the slave ship the Henrietta Marie. When Equiano first saw the slave ship, he was filled with wonder and terror,
Equiano’s narrative shows a vivid picture of how life on a slave ship like the Henrietta Marie was hell. Equiano describes how the men and women were chained together and crammed into the hold of the ship. The smell that assaulted Equiano made him sick. When Equiano wouldn’t eat because of the sickness he endured, his captors would flog him. Also, if some of the slaves were to try to escape or to kill themselves to end their suffering, they were cut severely. Equiano describes the condition best,
Luckily for Equiano, he made it through this journey alive. Many of the people that were on the slave ship with him died unnecessarily.
The last voyage that the Henrietta Marie made, no one survived. The ship got caught in a storm and went down, along with the many innocent African slaves chained together in a cramped space in the hold of the ship.
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