The door of no return

Africa, Travel

It is said that, through this door, passed 20 million men, women and children. Slaves. Bound for America. After being held in the cells of the Maison des esclaves (House of Slaves) they walked down this corridor, through this door and boarded a ship for transportation. Not to diminish the horrors of slavery, but in fact Gorée was relatively unimportant in the slave trade. The claim that the “house of slaves” was a major slave-shipping point was refuted way back in 1959. We were told 20 million when we visited. It would seem that tourism, not unlike a news story, does better with some ‘enhancement’ of the facts.   Location: Goree Island, Senegal

Goree Island, Senegal

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