Kofi - Arrival in the Americas
The sounds on top became different and Abeeku said he thought we were there. I didn't want to get off the boat and tried to stay to the end, but Abeeku just walked off. Then some people began shouting and I saw two dead men were chained next to them and so I ran out as fast as I could.
On the land I couldn't see anything because there were so many people around me. I saw Abeeku ahead but before I could get to him a hand grabbed me and a white man looked in my mouth. I tried to pull but he had my arm.
Before I knew what had happened I was being pulled back towards the water. I tried to run back but soon I was on another, smaller boat with strange people.
Read about arrival in the Americas for Okechukwu, Kwame and Oyeladun.
An 1808 engraving of Africans arriving in the Americas.
There were different ways of buying a slave - auction, pre-ordering etc. In this case Kofi is reserved by the first planter to grab hold of him.
By checking his teeth and tongue the plantation could assess Kofi's general health.
Kofi's ship has docked at one of the Caribbean islands where Africans were sold, e.g. Barbados. After purchase slaves were taken to their owner's plantation, which in this case is on the mainland.
This was a very stressful time for slaves, not least because they were separated forever from family, friends and other people who had shared their terrible experience since capture.