SENEGAL. Island of Gorée. "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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Unesco has now named more than 1,000 world heritage sites (1,007 in total, not including two which were knocked off the list). Here we delve into the more obscure treasures on the organisation's list. Island of Gorée, Senegal Year heritage status achieved: 1978 Background: Off the coast of Senegal opposite Dakar, the island of Gorée is a memorial to the African diaspora. From the 15th to the 19th century, it was the largest slave-trading centre on the African coast. It…
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