Extract from the autobiography of Olaudah Equiano. This is Equiano's account of the horrors he witnessed and endured during the 'middle passage' on the slave ship that took him from Africa to Barbados. He describes how some of the enslaved Africans jumped overboard ? choosing death in preference to suffering the appalling conditions on board and the brutality of the slave traders. On arrival in Barbados the slaves were taken to a merchant's yard to be sold. Several brothers were sold in separate lots and Equiano writes of how moved he was by their distress at being parted. Equiano was to remain in the West Indies for only a short time before being taken to Virginia, where he was sold to a planter. After a month he was then sold on to an officer in the Royal Navy ? Michael Pascal, who took him to London. Equiano was to remain with Pascal for some 6 years during which time he received an education both in England and on board ship. He also served with Pascal in the Seven Years War.