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La Maison des Esclaves

Goree Island, Dakar, Senegal
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Ranked #2 of 15 attractions in Dakar
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: This centuries-old house served as a processing center for African slaves.
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oslo
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is an interesting and a very somber reminder of slavery. The house was one of several that exported slaves from this area of West Africa. This is smaller than the sites in Cape Coast in Ghana, but it is still a chilling monument to this period of history.

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Kenwood, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

Much like Cape Coast Castle in Ghana, Goree Island has a history as part of the Atlantic Slave Trade. The island was a quick 20 minute ferry ride. After leaving the ferry we walked a short way to one of the island’s main attractions, The House of Slaves (La Maison des Esclaves). Much smaller than Cape Coast, you enter through... More

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Kenwood, California
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

Much like Cape Coast Castle in Ghana, Goree Island has a history as part of the Atlantic Slave Trade. The island was a quick 20 minute ferry ride. After leaving the ferry we walked a short way to one of the island’s main attractions, The House of Slaves. Much smaller than Cape Coast, you enter through a central door that... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Dakar itself hasn't got much touristic sites to offer, so Ile Goree is a must do activity if you’re into Senegalese culture or history. The island is located a stone throw away from the city center of Dakar and will offer you an inside view of what happened in the ancient days with the African slaves. Don’t expect to find... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

It is a nice museum and certainly a must see when on Île de Gorée. I was somewhat disappointed in the buildings and showcases itself. However the explanation on the displays give a very good and detailed insight in a sad story.

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Burlington, Vermont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

My review of Goree Island gets three stars, but La Maison des Esclaves gets four. It would get five if there was more signage and other educational materials and park interpreters. It's worth the visit, and will take your breath away as you realize up to 20M *human beings* passed through the facility on their way to either hell on... More

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Mersin, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

I liked seeing the island and had a very knowledgeable tour guide. I was impressed with the quality of art on the island and that artists live there currently. It was very sobering to see the slave house, but worth it. The information really needs to be printed in English--not just French.

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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

La Maison des Esclaves memorializes the slave trade that reached industrial levels when Europeans used slave labor to develop the New World. The place is very moving and thought-provoking and made me, an indirect beneficiary of this blot on history, realize the debt owed to the people who were ripped from their homes and families to serve others or die... More

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Luanda, Angola
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

Not as impressive as the castle slave trading centers in Ghana but worth seeing if on lovely Goree Island. You can visit on your own as there is a tour provided as part of the entrance price although it is only in French.

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

While it could be a depressing place to vsist in the context of its historical significance, the guide at the place was very knowledgeable in the history of the house. Additionally, it was a pleasure to see so mnay afarican paintings in one place.

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