In this extract from the autobiography of Olaudah Equiano, Equiano describes how he returned to the West Indies (Montserrat) as the slave of James Doran. He was soon sold on again ? this time to the Quaker merchant Robert King. Equiano was understandably afraid that he would end up working on a plantation but his education saved him from this fate. Instead, he was trained as a 'gauger' -which entailed assessing the capacity of cargo vessels used in King's business enterprises. In the course of this work Equiano travelled around Montserrat to the various plantations and he records the cruelty and inhuman treatment of the slaves that he witnessed. He made many trading trips to other islands in the West Indies and to America, and since he was an astute business man, he slowly began to accumulate some savings which he hoped would eventually allow him to purchase his freedom.