Unformatted text preview: either side of this large ocean. But within a very short time, three major regions—Europe, Africa, and the Americas—had been linked closely in an Atlantic system shaped most strongly by three factors: bold ocean exploration, exploitative colonization, and the troubling rise of African slave labor. 4. The narrative provided by Olaudah Equiano of his life can tentatively be described as a triumphant escape from the harsh and life-destroying world of transatlantic slavery. Yet as Equiano makes clear, even freemen faced pervasive exploitation and the ever-present danger of being returned to slavery. Clearly, the legacy of slavery extended beyond the Middle Passage to encompass a broader range of perils faced by both free and enslaved Africans who traveled the wider Atlantic world....
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- Fall '08
- Atlantic Slave Trade, Serfdom, highly stratified place, powerful church institutions, wealthy urban traders