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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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One cannot ignore the past

Being made aware of what slave trade was really about ... Despite the fact that one has (or may have) heard and read about it, "felling" it is entirely different ...

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015 NEW

To go to Goree Island , It Must Take A BOAT at the port of Dakar EC Who is déjà very pleasant . Island is small and on May visit everything on foot , on May bathe there little beach in June The House of Slaves Is A loan place of history and emouvant . This is the last place... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Being made aware of what slave trade was really about ... Despite the fact that one has (or may have) heard and read about it, "felling" it is entirely different ...

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

La Maison des Esclaves is a monument to visit to remind ourselves of the sad history that should not be repeated. There isn't much to see in the house itself but it is worth a visit for the historic reason. Once you visit the house, you can also walk around the beautiful island of Goree. The island is very pretty... More 

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Sal Rei, Cape Verde
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Well kept, nicely organized. They have small tours with lectures about how things worked.... Very very sad when you think about it !

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Dakar Region, Senegal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

It is part of a horrific history that we have to remember, feel and think about. The slave house has great guides if you are French speaking. You will need about 60-80 minutes for the visit.

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Tempe, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

You must visit Goree Island. There is enough to see there to make it worth spending 90 minutes or so on the island. The Slave House is just one of the sights. Having visited the larger slave castles in Ghana, I found this one to be far less impressive. Nonetheless, it is a must-see. I would recommend hiring a local... More 

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Beirut, Lebanon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

i mostly liked the place because of the history it holds and how it is described, however it is sad to know what happened there. But it is recommended to visit

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Sandbach, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

The Ile de Goree has a dark history. Thousands of slaves were shipped from here never to return. Husbands were separated from wives, children from parents and all were held in horrendous conditions before being sent to the four corners of the earth. Today, the Ile de Goree is a pleasant island with a nice local beach and friendly (sometimes... More 

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Visiting the island is one of the few things to do in Dakar so I went. Currently almost nothing remains to revoke its dark past so it could disappoint people moved by curiosity. Except in front of the "port" there are no beaches.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Great place to catch artists at work. The shop owners can be a bit pushy..avoid eye contact as they will give you their life story to guilt you into purchasing. It's all about the sale for them..

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