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Fort James Island

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Address: James Island | Juffureh, Gambia

Former colonial fort linked to the control of the slave trading routes.

Former colonial fort linked to the control of the slave trading routes.

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So much history with such a sad story.

Wow, so much history. One if the major stops for people coming to the Roots festival. I visited the island during a different part if the year. The island is small but many of the... read more

Reviewed 11 March 2017
Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix, Arizona
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Wow, so much history. One if the major stops for people coming to the Roots festival. I visited the island during a different part if the year. The island is small but many of the structures are still standing to give you a good idea what it must have been like here 100 or 200 years ago. All slaves that... More 

Thank derrick31310
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

A must see with a local experienced guide. We arrived by our own hire car and were immediately welcomed by a group where we picked a guide who was unesco trained. Took a short and very pleasant boat trip to James island. The quality of the history and dates this man knew was second to none. A real and sad... More 

3 Thank Craig B
Mechelen, Belgium
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Reviewed 11 December 2016

It was Nice to see where the history came from, slavery,.... with a nice boat to the island, beautiful

Thank Ingridvp
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 June 2016

The Trip to Fort James Island (Now renamed 'Kunta Kinteh' Island) is in fact a trip to the villages of Albreda Village, Juffureh Village & Kunta Kinteh Island. The main boat stops at Albreda village, which now houses the new information centre and many historical sites. The Slave Museum and Descendants of Kunta Kinteh are in Juffureh and there are... More 

Thank BintaKinteh
London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

My husband and I attended James Island - renamed Kunta Kinteh Island as a part of the "Roots Homecoming Festival" Tour. It was highly emotional for many reasons. 1. because we are the descendants of the kidnapped and enslaved Africans 2. Because the language used by the tour guilds was clearly designed to water down the reality of the system... More 

2 Thank Royal J
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24 reviews
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Reviewed 30 April 2016

My friend & I visited here on a day trip for the cultural history on the slave trade. It was very interesting to hear the history & make sure you visit the museum with awful slave manacles, weapons & photos! Only awful in the fact that it existed & happened, but very moving. You can see a village elder, children... More 

Thank Clairethetravelbug
Stevenage, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 23 April 2016

Well worth a visit to gain a real perspective on how slaves were treated before there were shipped across the Atlantic.

Thank buster_bv77
Leicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2016

A place with the most wonderful view and interesting atmosphere. The museum is fascinating and the history is truly heartbreaking. Im glad I visited, but i came away heavy hearted. Highly recommended.

Thank JustGracie
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Reviewed 21 February 2016 via mobile

The boat trip was very enjoyable on the way out with a nice lunch and cold beers. We had travelled around The Gambia a bit before the trip and we had seen a few schools and small towns and I suppose we were expecting to see poor children but I wasn't prepared for what actually happens on arrival. Yes, this... More 

5 Thank Jdoggymac
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 February 2016

this trip is really eye opening seeing the villages and meeting ancestors of Kunte Kinte the only slight upset was how commercial there trying to make it and kids just begging for sweets Fort James Island was bewildering seeing what these poor slaves went through and the harsh conditions they endured.Even though we come from Hull and our then MP... More 

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