Ottobah Cugoano

First published: 1787

Ottobah Cugoano: Thoughts and sentiments on the evil and wicked traffic of the slavery and of the commerce of the human species

Two years before Olaudah Equiano published his own autobiography, Ottobah Cugoano published his. The year was 1787. Cugoano even writes briefly about Akawsaw Gronniosaw who had published his own autobiography fifteen years earlier, in 1772.

Olaudah Equiano and Ottobah Cugoano were both great friends and also members of a late 18thC African organisation in London called The Sons of Africa. This movement agitated vigorously for the abolition of slavery, and its members were forever engaged in writing letters to prominent members of British society, typically members of the royal family, various aristocrats and prominent philosophical or political writers such as Edmund Burke.

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