What caused Equiano to think death is terrifying?

The brutal experience of enslavement was such a shock after the freedom of his early childhood that Equiano often thought death would be preferable to captivity. … Sometimes, he simultaneously sees death as friendly and terrifying.

Why was Equiano afraid of the crew?

Why was Equiano afraid of the crew? “I was now persuaded that I had gotten into a world of bad spirits and that they were going to eliminate me. Their complexions too differing so much from ours,…the language they spoke (which was very different from any I had ever heard)… united to confirm me in this belief.”

Why does Equiano make a point of saying that he never met with any ill treatment from the African traders?

Why does Equiano make a point of saying that he never met any ill treatment from the African traders? They never saw the Africans who took them do any harm to the slaves either, then, tying them. Sometimes when they met other people they would close their mouths and put them in big sacks.