|Athropolis HOME | Maps | Arctic Links | Arctic Library
Olaudah Equiano: From Slavery to the Arctic
According to his 1789 autobiography, Olaudah Equiano (1745-1797) was born in what is now Nigeria. He was kidnapped as a child and taken to the New World, where he was sold into slavery.
As a slave to a captain in the Royal Navy, the young Olaudah was introduced to a seafaring life which provided new opportunities. He was taken to England, taught to read and write, and eventually earned the price of his freedom. He went on to become a radical reformer and a best-selling author.
One of the crew on that expedition was a young midshipman named Horatio Nelson, who would later become the great hero of the battle of the Nile and the battle of Trafalgar.
The Arctic journey was filled with danger (Nelson was almost killed in an encounter with a polar bear), and the ship that Equiano was on was almost lost. Nevertheless, the expedition was an exploration success as it clearly proved that a passage over the Pole was not practical.
Click pictures for more information and credits.
Arctic Library: Arctic, Exploration
Links: Arctic, Northwest Passage
We Found the Passage - What Now? ( Map )
Northern Sea Route
Arctic Maps & Weather Reports
DICTIONARY: Just "double-click" any unlinked word on this page for the definition from Merriam-Webster's Student Electronic Dictionary at Word Central.
ARCTIC LIBRARY & GLOSSARY: Check this section for an index of the rest of the things you really need to know about the Arctic.
ARCTIC MAPS & WEATHER REPORTS: Maps of the Northwest Passage, explorers' routes, iceberg sources, Nunavut, the Arctic by treeline, temperature...
ARCTIC LINKS: Even more information! Links to sites related to the Arctic and "Iceberg: the Story of the Throps and the Squallhoots".
GUIDE TO ARCTIC SUNRISE & SUNSET: How much sunlight or darkness is there in the Arctic on each day of the year?
Search for more on this topic...from Athropolis!
Select the search engine (up to 4 at one time),
enter your request, and click "Search". ( Search Tips )