Equiano Protests


Glossary - opens new windowOlaudah Equiano (Gustavus Vassa) initially acted as commissary for provisions on the Sierra Leone scheme and seems to have encouraged Black people to join. This letter shows the authorities' response to his complaints of mismanagement, corruption and poor treatment of the emigrants. The captain of the Nautilus responded by complaining about Equiano, who lost his job. It is more than likely that Equiano's complaints were justified.

T1/643, no. 681, f. 87 (21 March 1787)

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