Coffee anyone? Mobile stands are on many street corners with instant coffee for sale-
Walking to the ferry to go to Gorée Island, we passed the onion shops. There were many with stacks and stacks of bags-
Approaching Gorée Island-
La Statue de la Liberation de l'Esclavage was erected in 2002 and was a gift from Guadeloupe. It stands along the street to the Slave House-
It is estimated that 33,000 slaves were transported to the Americas through the slave houses. The one we visited wasn't the only one on the island. In this particular one, 100 - 200 people were held captive at one time. The family lived on the top floor and the slaves in small cachots on the main floor.
The Door of No Return-
On my way to the lookout, I walked up a hill which was lined with beautiful paintings. I was tempted but didn't-
The first public sale of African slaves was in 1444 in Lagos Portugal, the first direct ship to the Americas was in 1518 and the last country to abolish slavery was Brazil in 1888. Slaves were taken to the Americas and sold, tobacco, sugar and cotton were purchased and taken back to Europe-
Handcuffs used on the slaves-
And cuffs for the ankles-
Whipping was permitted and regulated by the Code Noir which said a slave could only be whipped 29 times. Anyone could be whipped, including pregnant women. Holes were dug in the sand to accommodate their bellies.
In 2017, it was estimated by the Global Estimates of Modern Slavery that today, there are over 40 million people still enslaved world wide for forced labour, human trafficking and sexual exploitation. 71% are women and young girls.
This bush has thick, glossy leaves-
Lac Rose is so named because it's supposed to be pink. It's also the end of the Paris to Dakar Rally-