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Fort James Island

James Island | Juffureh, Gambia
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Ranked #7 of 17 Attractions in Gambia
Type: Historic Sites
Description: Former colonial fort linked to the control of the slave trading routes.
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

We didn't go on an arranged tour. My self and my husband went with a local lad. Crossed the river on the local wooden boats--- never seen any thing like them, an experience on its own - then hired a local taxi, that cost 600 d return. Museum Entrance fee 600 d, that's seems really high as it's only very... More

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Kalmar, Sverige
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

we went to Kunta Kinta island with Lams tours. it was a whole day and very nice with lots of information. Wille recoment that for you who haven't been there its history and culture.

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Bowie, Maryland
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77 reviews 77 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

This tiny island is located on the Gambia River, and is steeped with heartbreaking history of the slave trade. It was a short boat ride from the Gambian shore to the island, and once we arrived our guide gave an excellent presentation to the group. The island's size has been steadily decreasing due to erosion, but the ruins that remain... More

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southend - on - sea
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

This trip was a humbling experience and one that I feel everyone should visit . My daughter and I visited in August and we took a lesson from it.i t is hard to imagine the suffering that people had experienced during those dreadful years and it it a reminder that it could have been any one of us with relatives... More

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bracknell
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Arrived via Boat trip which unfortunately seemed to go very slow and took ages to arrive and return. Not much space on board and would have been better to see what the boat was like before booking. Staff friendly enough. Roots village was very interesting and glad to have visited. Did refresh my memory from the series in parts must... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

Me and hubby has just returned home, It was a wonderful holidays, I found the Gambian people very friendly, though I got few bad experiences, because I have been going there for several years, But I missed out bout 4 years, We met a Great Driver and he was superb. If any of you would like to use him he... More

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

Fort James Island, where the captured slaves were held prior to sailing. This is where the origins of Alex Haleys book Roots started, its worth a visit a short boat trip up river to the regenerated fort you can feel an atmosphere of the slave trade.

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2011

Me and hubby has just returned home, It was a wonderful holidays, I found the Gambian people very friendly, though I got few bad experiences, because I have been going there for several years, But I missed out bout 4 years, We met a Great Driver and he was superb. If any of you would like to use him he... More

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Pembrokeshire
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2006

A strange eerie place, not much to see as it is all in ruins and the island has much diminished in size. None the less, its very bleakness, crumbling walls and heavy cannon evoke its awful past. Its tooth-edged silhouette rises from the river as a grim reminder of former inhumanities when slavery was deemed acceptable .

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