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Senegal, Island of Gorée

 Posted by , last edited on February 03, 2014 at 11:33:00

Location Cape Verde Region, Senegal
Coordinates N14 40 1.992 W17 24 2.988
Date of Inscription 1978

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/26 )

The island of Gorée lies off the coast of Senegal, opposite Dakar. From the 15th to the 19th century, it was the largest slave-trading centre on the African coast. Ruled in succession by the Portuguese, Dutch, English and French, its architecture is characterized by the contrast between the grim slave-quarters and the elegant houses of the slave traders. Today it continues to serve as a reminder of human exploitation and as a sanctuary for reconciliation.

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