In his biography, Equiano wrote about his kidnapping in Nigeria and his horrifying experiences on a slave ship crossing the Atlantic. One of his slave masters saw his talents as an intellectual and taught him to read and write and allowed him to buy his own freedom.

Recent research has cast doubt on Equaino's origin story, as two documents place his birth in America, but nevertheless, he told a story that got many Britains to sympathise with the plight of the slaves. His work is seen as one of the many factors that ended the Britisch slave trade a few years after his death.

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"The Great World History Book"