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Equiano - Ashley Bukiri April 24th 2007 HIS 2560 Paper 2...

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Ashley Bukiri April 24 th , 2007 HIS 2560 Paper 2 The Exchange of Goods, Ideas, and People between the Old World and the New World during the Columbian Exchange When Columbus discovered a New World in 1492, one of mass riches and beauty, there came with it a scramble by Old World Nations to get their piece of the pie. Soon great ships and vast amounts of people and money were being sent by European Nations to claim their lands and make presence known in the New World. This would not be an easy thing to accomplish, the European nations soon discovered, they needed labor, and lots of it. Portuguese sailors soon started building partnerships with West African leaders, who began trading African peoples as slaves for goods. The rest of the European countries soon realized the profits that could be made from this and places such as Liverpool, Bristol, Bordeaux, and Nantes became thriving centers of the Atlantic slave trade (Brummet pp. 562). Along with the vast movement of people, other things were shared and traded among cultures including goods, customs, and diseases. All of these things were traded both intentionally and unintentionally. Olaudah Equiano published his life story, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, The African. As a boy taken from his home land in West Africa; he was sold as a slave to Michael Pascal, a member of the British Royal Navy. Pascal sent him to be educated in England where he learned math and how to read and write. He was 1
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then sent back to Pascal and worked on his ship as a seaman. Eventually, he was sold again to Robert King, a Quaker merchant who traded in the West Indies. With his knowledge of the sea and education, he was deemed too valuable to be a plantation worker and was used as a trader for King. Equiano was totally preoccupied with the thought of buying his freedom, he would use the opportunities he had, to learn trade and
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