One of the main attractions of the island is the former Slave House. Actually not that many slaves were 'processed' from here, more from St. Louis up to the north and Gambia up to the south. But it remains a testimony of the horrors of the slave trade throughout the Atlantic world.
On the highest point of Goree Island one can find the Slavery Monument. The Monument was built in the shape of a ship commemorating all those who perished or were forced to leave the African continent on the voyage to the new world.
The former lavish quarters of the slave house traders are in vast contrasts to the cramped cells of where the slaves were held.
Today one can find an interesting exhibition that shows pictures, maps and other items explaining in detail what the slave trade entailed.
I have attended many museum visits but none was as powerfull and to the point as the one of the curator of the Slave House.
If you head across on the 10 am ferry he conducts a tour just after 10:30 am and will give you in few words the entire history of the slave trade.
The former slave island of Goree is a World Heritage site, just in the bay of Dakar. Here it the grave history is preserved under the protecions of the UNESCO ensuring that for centuries to come one of the worse chapters of African history does not go by forgotten.
This was one of the many slave houses along the West African coast. Due to its close proximity to the New World many slaves were shipped from here. Each load accommodated 150 - 300 slaves from all over Senegal as well as other West African countries, such as The Gambia, Benin, Mali and others.
This was the last stop all African slaves saw once they were shipped from Goree Island. Put in chains they were led over a wooden pier to the waiting sail boat. Those who jumped and swam away were either shot or eaten by sharks. For the African slaves this was the last time they saw the African continent.
This fortress is a museum now for tourists who can get in depth information on the people that lived on and defended this island. It still has (now not opperational) the cannons used to defend this land.
Cost is about 1 dollar USD but totally worth it! We went there last and almost missed our boat!
At the north part of the island there is a slope with an old castle, from where you can have a nice view of the island and even see Dakar on the horizon. You can go there walking.
This is the house where the slaves were kept before the ships took them to America. Nowadays it¡s a museum where you can visit the cells and the gate through which they were introduced into the ship.
Don't pass by this historic site. These two sets of stairs lead up to a room with pictures and stories about the house.
Going into this church was incredible! The guide described the history of it and how most of the people on the island visit it frequently, but not while tourists are here.