They told me they could not tell; but that there was cloth put upon the masts by the help of the ropes I saw, and then the vessel went on; and the white men had some spell or magic they put in the water when they liked, in order to stop the vessel. From that point he was passed around and finally landed in the hands of his first owner.
He was quickly bought again by a wealthy neighbor and her son. I asked them if we were not to be eaten by those white men with horrible looks, red faces, and long hair. Those on the land had mats, of which they made tents, some in the shape of little houses: In a little time after, amongst the poor chained men, I found some of my own nation, which in a small degree gave ease to my mind.
Happily perhaps, for myself, I was soon reduced so low here that it was thought necessary to keep me almost always on deck; and from my extreme youth I was not put in fetters. Are the dearest friends and relations, now rendered more dear by their separation from their kindred, still to be parted from each other, and thus prevented from cheering the gloom of slavery, with the small comfort of being together, and mingling their sufferings and sorrows?
This wretched situation was again aggravated by the galling of the chains, now become insupportable, and the filth of the necessary tubs, into which the children often fell, and were almost suffocated. These filled me with astonishment which was soon converted to terror when I was carried on board.
When I recovered a little, I found some black people about me, who I believed were some of those who had brought me on board, and had been receiving their pay; they talked to me in order to cheer me, but all in vain.
The next day I was washed and perfumed, and when meal-time came I was led into the presence of my mistress, and ate and drank before her with her son. These filled me with astonishment, which was soon converted into terror, which I am yet at a loss to describe, nor the then feelings of my mind.
I had never experienced anything of this kind before, and, although not being used to the water, I naturally feared that element the first time I saw it, yet, nevertheless, could I have got over the nettings, I would have jumped over the side, but I could not; and besides, the crew used to watch us very closely who were not chained down to the decks, lest we should leap into the water; and I have seen some of these poor African prisoners most severely cut, for attempting to do so, and hourly whipped for not eating.
From his current home, he was taken to Tinmah, where a few days later he was sold for sugar cane. I inquired of these what was to be done with us? There were also vast quantities of different gums, though not used for any purpose; and everywhere a great deal of tobacco. Many merchants and planters now came on board, though it was in the evening.
I envied them the freedom they enjoyed, and as often wished I could change my condition for theirs. On a signal given as the beat of a drumthe buyers rush at once into the yard where the slaves are confined, and make choice of that parcel they like best.
Indeed such were the horrors of my views and fears at the moment, that, if ten thousand worlds had been my own, I would freely parted with them all to have exchanged my condition with that of the meanest slave in my own country. These filled me with astonishment, which was soon converted into terror, when I was carried on board.
All the slaves on the ship were living in very close uncomfortable quarters. Their complexion too differing so much from ours, their long hair, and the language they spoke united to confirm me in this belief. I expected every hour to share the fate of my companions, some of whom were almost daily brought upon deck at the point of death, which I began to hope would soon put an end to my miseries.
When I recovered a little, I found some black people about me, who I believed were some of those who brought me on board, and had been receiving their pay; they talked to me in order to cheer me, but all in vain. I cried and grieved continually; and for several days I did not eat anything but what they forced into my mouth.
I understood them, though they were from a distant part of Africa; and I thought it odd I had not seen any horses there; but afterwards, when I came to converse with different Africans, I found they had many horses amongst them, and much larger than those I then saw.
What struck me first, was, that the houses were built with bricks, in stories, and in every other respect different from those I had seen in Africa; but I was still more astonished on seeing people on horseback.
I had before entertained hopes of getting home, and I had determined when it should be dark to make the attempt; but I was now convinced it was fruitless, and I began to consider that, if possibly I could escape all other animals, I could not those of the human kind; and that, not knowing the way, I must perish in the woods.
The author of this article experienced the ups and downs of being a slave and intends to inform people through this article.Boarding a Slave-Ship.
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He tells the story of how he was captured from his home while his parents were away to be used as a slave.Download