- Sep 2020
two of my wearied countrymen, who were chained together (I was near them at the time), preferring death to such a life of misery, somehow made through the nettings, and jumped into the sea: immediately another quite dejected fellow, who, on account of his illness, was suffered to be out of irons, also followed their example; and I believe many more would soon have done the same, if they had not been prevented by the ship’s crew, who were instantly alarmed.
These men unfortunately preferred to die and jump over the boat into the treacherous waters of the sea. Equiano also wanted to jump as well, but the ship's crew caught wind of what they were attempting to do and stopped him. This makes me so upset. I cannot imagine ever being in this position and so scared for the unknown future.
At last we came in sight of the island of Barbadoes, at which the whites on board gave a great shout, and made many signs of joy to us.
When the slaves had finally arrived to Barbados on the boat, all were so relieved and joyous to be at their destination.