Fort James Island, North Bank Division

#1 of 11 in Historic Sites in Gambia
Tour the remains of a slave trade fortress at Fort James Island, a World Heritage Site. Originally built by a Baltic baron in 1651, the trading settlement was taken over by James, Duke of York in 1661 and subsequently used as an important slave trade outpost. Tour the fort's clearly marked rooms, including the remains of the governor's quarters, and check out four rusty cannons still standing on scanty embattlements under rare trees. Visit the slave yard and inspect a model of the fort as it was reconstructed in 1717. The words "Never Again!" mark a statue of a slave breaking his chains, and a colorful sculpture depicts a slave family. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for North Bank Division using our trip planner.
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  • A special visit to this monument of slavery. With a boat to the island in the river where the ode Fort stands. With some imagination it is good to see how it has to be there during slavery. The remnants that are still standing speak volumes. Back on the mainland still a visit to the museum standing there. Also worth a visit. The famous Cana Kinte, seems to have been kidnapped from here.
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  • My husband and I had not planned this trip first, but we were addressed to our resort on the street by Buba Tours com. Very friendly and especially quiet. Because of the charity of Buba Tours (all monies go to charity) we decided to go to James Island (Cana Kaddu actually), Makasutu culture Forest and Sanyang Paradise Beach. Kuntah Kaddu James Island was especially impressive. The museum itself is not very big, but it is especially impressed. Then with a boat to the island itself. My husband and I were silent (and even a little sad) but Buba told us that there is nothing to blame and we must be extremely pleased that it has been learned. An absolute must for anyone visiting the Gambia, I can heartily recommend Kaddu James Island and Buba Tours
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