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No story has ever haunted me like the sad tale of Goree, a tiny island located just 3 kilometers from the coast of Dakar in Senegal. Its serene, almost bucolic beauty belies a past so dark you won’t leave this place the same person again.

You see, Goree served as a slave depot between the 16th and 19th centuries and it is said that millions of slaves passed through this island and other neighboring trading posts to work in the plantations of the New World.

One of the slave trading houses on the island of Goree. Slaves were packed into cells located on the ground floor and were segregated according to sex and age.

Bound by ball and chain at foot and neck, slaves were dragged to this spot so that the slave traders can have a good view at them and negotiate for their price.

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Read my other stories about Dakar, Senegal:

  1. Excommunicated
  2. It is not what it seems

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