Equiano was 11 when he was kidnapped.
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Being so young and naive caused Equiano to look upon many of the happenings as "magic." For instance he does not understand how the ships move so he attributes that to magic. He has never seen white people before and asks if they,the captives, will be eaten. Seeing these things through the eyes of a child further emphasizes the harshness and confusing nature if the experience.