Vassa traveled extensively, having come from the interior of the Bight of Biafra, in the heart of Igboland, and taken the coast, probably leaving via the slave port of Bonny in 1754. By his own account, he was taken to Barbados and then to Virginia, where he was bought by British naval officer, Captain Pascal, and taken to England. His subsequent travels are located on this portal.


Vassa's Life Events

  • Born in Igboland


  • Vassa's Middle Passage

    1753 - 1754
  • Seven Years War

    1755 - 1762

Vassa Timeline


Carey Map

The map was prepared by Miles Ogborn, a historical geographer at Queen Mary, University of London. It was drawn by Edward Oliver, a cartographer in the same department. The map is discussed in greater detail in Miles Ogborn, "Global historical geographies, 1500-1800," in B.J. Graham and C. Nash (eds), Modern Historical Geographies (Harlow: Longman, 2000). Published online by Brycchan Carey

Vassa's Middle Passage


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The Seven Years War

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Circum Caribbean World

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Vassa's European and Mediterranean Travels

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Arctic Expedition

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Mosquito Shore

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Vassa's London

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Vassa's Book Tour

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