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Arrival of Slaves in Barbardos

Page from the autobiography of Olaudah Equiano (also known as "Gustavus Vassa, The African").

As Equiano's ship drew closer to land, he was allowed to look through a quadrant, used at that time as a navigational tool.  Surprised by what he saw, he was more convinced than ever that some type of magic was at work.

Arriving in Barbardos, however, he learned that there was no magic about his predicament.  He, and all the other kidnapped people, would be sold into slavery.

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