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photoblog image Slave Trade Series: Bound in Chains

Slave Trade Series: Bound in Chains

Slaves existed in Africa before the advent of the slave trade. During tribal wars slaves were captured and later absorbed into the community and were treated fairly although they had a lesser status and had to eat seperately from others.

Things changed. Although powerful traditional chiefs, such as the rulers of Asante, Fante, and Ahanta, were known to have engaged in the slave trade, individual African merchants such as John Kabes, John Konny, Thomas Ewusi, and a broker known only as Noi commanded large bands of armed men, many of them slaves, and engaged in various forms of commercial activities with the Europeans on the coast.

An excerpt from: The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African.

Generally when the grown people in the neighbourhood were gone far in the fields to labour, the children assembled together in some of the neighbours' premises to play; and commonly some of us used to get up a tree to look out for any assailant, or kidnapper, that might come upon us; for they sometimes took those opportunities of our parents' absence to attack and carry off as many as they could seize. One day, as I was watching at the top of a tree in our yard, I saw one of those people come into the yard of our next neighbour but one, to kidnap, there being many stout young people in it. Immediately on this I gave the alarm of the rogue, and he was surrounded by the stoutest of them, who entangled him with cords, so that he could not escape till some of the grown people came and secured him. But alas! ere long it was my fate to be thus attacked, and to be carried off, when none of the grown people were nigh. One day, when all our people were gone out to their works as usual, and only I and my dear sister were left to mind the house, two men and a woman got over our walls, and in a moment seized us both, and, without giving us time to cry out, or make resistance, they stopped our mouths, and ran off with us into the nearest wood. Here they tied our hands, and continued to carry us as far as they could.

 

Slave Trade Series: Bound in Chains

Slaves existed in Africa before the advent of the slave trade. During tribal wars slaves were captured and later absorbed into the community and were treated fairly although they had a lesser status and had to eat seperately from others.

Things changed. Although powerful traditional chiefs, such as the rulers of Asante, Fante, and Ahanta, were known to have engaged in the slave trade, individual African merchants such as John Kabes, John Konny, Thomas Ewusi, and a broker known only as Noi commanded large bands of armed men, many of them slaves, and engaged in various forms of commercial activities with the Europeans on the coast.

An excerpt from: The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African.

Generally when the grown people in the neighbourhood were gone far in the fields to labour, the children assembled together in some of the neighbours' premises to play; and commonly some of us used to get up a tree to look out for any assailant, or kidnapper, that might come upon us; for they sometimes took those opportunities of our parents' absence to attack and carry off as many as they could seize. One day, as I was watching at the top of a tree in our yard, I saw one of those people come into the yard of our next neighbour but one, to kidnap, there being many stout young people in it. Immediately on this I gave the alarm of the rogue, and he was surrounded by the stoutest of them, who entangled him with cords, so that he could not escape till some of the grown people came and secured him. But alas! ere long it was my fate to be thus attacked, and to be carried off, when none of the grown people were nigh. One day, when all our people were gone out to their works as usual, and only I and my dear sister were left to mind the house, two men and a woman got over our walls, and in a moment seized us both, and, without giving us time to cry out, or make resistance, they stopped our mouths, and ran off with us into the nearest wood. Here they tied our hands, and continued to carry us as far as they could.

 

comments (12)

  • Mona
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Jul 2006, 01:33
Wow did you take some serious notes down or what? Love the story. Well done girly, so what did you do to this pic?

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you have just the right emotion in this shot... the old saying.. the picture is the story and its savagery.
This is deep.Why don't u do smth on the topic on ur blog.
  • Idefix
  • Germany
  • 18 Jul 2006, 10:12
impressive. Again a multi-layered shot. First we see the pretty colours and shapes, well put together, well lit, exposure andeverything else just right. Then see the chains, and the story behind them, the blurred feel gives a sense of hopelessness, of resignation. Really good !
  • incubus
  • Europe
  • 18 Jul 2006, 10:12
i remember when i used to be into this whole slavery thing after watching roots. LOL. But yea i like ur theme for the week its very informative. Great Work! smile
a dark part of human history..
Have you heard of a film called.. "Down in the delta" directed by Maya Angelou.
Interesting story Eminem, the pic makes me a bit dizzy though sad
  • Adura
  • UK
  • 19 Jul 2006, 15:28
Nice picture. U're really progressing!

You had better... with your briefcase of a camera!!!

LOL x x x
  • Oz
  • United States
  • 19 Jul 2006, 16:28
THIS IS dEPRESSING...nice pictures...but go back to happy pictures...can u take a picture of our small sister..i dont remember what she looks like...
  • barbara
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 Jul 2006, 16:52
As you haven't posted today, I can only presume that the malaria is getting the better of you...Kpele, get better soon oh.
  • Mona
  • London
  • 20 Jul 2006, 14:26
Awww get well soon xxx
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 27 Jul 2006, 12:44
I hope you are feeling well.

The story is fascinating and disturbing at the same time. The shot is good, but the blur is a bit too much. Was it intentional?

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