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La Maison des Esclaves

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Address: Goree Island, Dakar, Senegal
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Description: This centuries-old house served as a processing center for African slaves.

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When going through this place and listening about the history you will realise what were people in the history capable off. If you have possibility to visit the Goree Island... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2015
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Bonn, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

When going through this place and listening about the history you will realise what were people in the history capable off. If you have possibility to visit the Goree Island definitely go to the Maison des Esclaves.. Goree island is interesting on its own. What is also very good is the sand picture manufacture. It is so nice that you... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Wonderful visit. The first thing to note is that tourist arrangements are minimal. I did get a sense of what a reasonable cab fare was. I reached the island by regular taxi and public ferry. I had little written information except what was on line. The hotel was not much help -- non of the usual brochures or links to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

For some reason, I always thought La Maison des Esclaves was a huge place. It's not. I was surprised to find that it's a small house on the island- not of the magnitude I was thinking. However, it sure is an interesting place to visit while in Dakar. You can read up on the slave trade and what happened here... More 

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Corbera de Llobregat, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This is the highlight of the visit to Gorée and deserves enough time to read thru the explanations about the slavery traffic and the related stories.

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Prishtina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The slave house is an interesting place to visit and get more information about the slave trade that took place in this part of Africa. Upon arrival by the ferry boat you can easily navigate through the island or get a guide to show you the places. There are a lot of small souvenir traders that offer you all kinds... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

if in dakar you need to take a tour to the island which was the point of no return for the slave trade, gives you a good insight of this part of history. Today the island has a lot of artist, which for the most are very skilled. book a guide or else you will not be left alone and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This is a must-see/do when in Dakar. Ille de Goree (Goree Island) which La Maison des Esclaves is situated on is an enchanting place with its rich history, colours and artistry. The history behind La Maison des Esclaves gives one heart breaking insight to the lives of Africans from 15th to 18th century. Take to listen to the guided tour,... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

The maison was quite interesting, but after some limited research, it seems the whole story is exaggerated a bit. The visit was still quite moving, but it made it harder to truly appreciate since one couldn't tell what parts were true or not. Separately, the rest of the island was wonderful, especially the paintings along the walkway up to the... More 

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Coimbra, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

It was a very interesting place to visit. A place with history which is important to visit with a tour guide.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

This little museum is a must-see during any trip to Dakar. The exhibits are small and the slave house is best seen with a knowledgable tour guide, but even if you had to go on your own and read about the history of this building, it would be worth the trip. The Door of No Return that led many away... More 

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