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Timeline of Equiano (key dates)

2019
March 5

1773

Equiano on expedition to find an Arctic passage to India.
March 5

1774

Equiano tries unsuccessfully to save his friend John Annis from a vengeful former master. Annis is tortured to death in the West Indies. Equiano sails for Spain and has a vision of Christ.
March 5

1775

Travels to the Mosquito Coast, Central America, with Dr. Irving to establish a plantation and to Christianize the Indian population.
March 5

1776

Returns to London. American Declaration of Independence signed.
March 5

1783

Equiano informs abolitionist Granville Sharp of Zong massacre (1781), which adds further emotional reactions to the anti-slave trade movement.
March 5

1784

Equiano sails for New York.
March 5

1785

Equiano in Philadelphia.
March 5

1786

Equiano appointed commissary to Sierra Leone recolonization expedition on the Committee for Relief of Black Poor in London.
March 5

1787

Dismissed from Sierra Leone expedition. Helps organize Sons of Africa in London. Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade formed in England.
March 5

1788

Equiano presents anti slave trade petition to England’s Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III. Abolitionists petition British Parliament to end the slave trade.

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