Feel the weight of iron shackles at La Maison des Esclaves, part of a World Heritage Site and a memorial to Atlantic slave trade that once took place on Goree Island. Pass through the "Door of No Return," through which slaves boarded slaver ships that took them to overseas plantations halfway around the world. Built in 1776 with two curved staircases, the pink two-story house features a number of exhibits and tables describing the dishonorable trade that separated generations of families. You can examine shackles, whips, flintlocks, and other equipment used for enslavement, and see a statue of a freed slave holding broken shackles--a symbol of his liberation. Make La Maison des Esclaves part of your personalized Dakar itinerary using our Dakar road trip website.
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This is a gorgeous island that tells of a devastating history. A required visit for any and all. I suspect it will only continue to improve. Our guide was surprisingly good (in that it wasn’t... more »
It's a must visit for anyone. How wonderful to see the previous quests included Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Not too forget Nelson Mandela. Easy to reach via the ferry from downtown... more »
Very informative, but shouldn’t use the word slave, rather “déportés”
Visit to House of Slave, Gorree Island. This is the place from where French Masters traded African slaves to the US and Europe.
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