Bunce Island, Sierra Leone
Ruined walls at Bunce Island, Sierra Leone. The partially buried lower entrance is thought to have led to underground slave-holding cellars.
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Between 1750 and 1800, Bunce Island was one of the major slave trading centres on the Rice Coast of West Africa and the island played a significant part in the British slave trade. Its strategic location at the limit of navigation in Africa's largest natural harbour made the island an ideal base for European slave traders. Slaves were purchased from inland traders sailing down from the interior, sold on and then shipped to the Caribbean and the American South. Local slaves from this part...more »
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