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Gorée Island, c.1730
Gorée Island, situated off the coast of present day Senegal, was one of the major ports of slave embarkation on the coast of Senegambia. Ownership of the island was contested by several European powers during the early period of the slave trade. However, the French assumed control by 1677 and used the island as a base for most of their slave trading activities in the region. The image serves a dual purpose, incorporating as it does both a map and a plan of the island. The latter provides details of its main fortifications. The image is reproduced courtesy of the Pitts Theology Library, Candler School of Theology, Emory University.
Year:
1728
Source:
Jean Baptiste Labat, Nouvelle Relation de l’Afrique Occidental… (Paris, 1728), vol. 4, p. 127.
Language:
French
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