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Timeline of Equiano (key dates)

2019
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1745

Olaudah Equiano born in Essaka, in what is now southeastern Nigeria.
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1756

Kidnapped and is sold to various masters within Africa. Then endures the Middle Passage to Barbados and to Virginia.
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1756

Bought by British Naval Officer Michael Henry Pascal and is renamed (against his will) Gustavus Vassa. Taken to England.
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1756-62

Serves with Pascal in the Royal Navy in the Seven Years’ War with France.
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1759

Is baptized at St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey, London.
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1763-66

He is resold to Robert King in Montserrat and works on trading ships in the West Indies and on the mainland American colonies.
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1768

Sails to Italy and Turkey. Slave uprising on Montserrat.
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1766

Through petty trading on the side, Equiano saves enough money to buy his own freedom.
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1767

Completing one last mission for his old master, Equiano is shipwrecked in the Bahamas. Sails for London.
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1772

Granville Sharp gets the Somerset decision, declaring that slavery cannot exist in England and slaves setting foot there are free.

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