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Island of Gorée

CountrySenegal
Date of Inscription1978
CategoryCultural Sites
UNESCOhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/26

The island of Gorée lies off the coast of Senegal, opposite Dakar. From the 15th to the 19th century, it was the largest slave-trading centre on the African coast. Ruled in succession by the Portuguese, Dutch, English and French, its architecture is characterized by the contrast between the grim slave-quarters and the elegant houses of the slave traders. Today it continues to serve as a reminder of human exploitation and as a sanctuary for reconciliation.

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Capital: Dakar
Currency: CFA franc (XOF)
Language: French, Wolof, Pulaar
Time Zone: UTC

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