Fort James Island Travel Guide

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    james island gambia
    by johnsakura
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    james island gambia albreda juffureh
    by johnsakura
  • james island gambia
    james island gambia
    by johnsakura

Fort James Island Things to Do

  • Slave market

    Gambia was the first Imperial slave exploit in Africa. James Island has caves and prisions where slaves were put to send them to the American colonies.

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  • Inside the Fort

    The Fort was constructed in 1651 and re sized in 1661 by Britain when the Royal Adventurers Of England Trading Into Africa bundled out of the Baltic occupants and set themselves up under the Royal Patent of Charles II, buying gold, ivory, peppers, hides and slaves to the American Colonies.

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  • Meet the Captain of the boat

    Try to talk with the boat's captain. I've notice that men here in Gambia try to maintin a tuff atitute but that can be changed if you give them a bit confidence and smiles. After a while they talk a lot to you and you get to know a bit more of their culture by talking to people right?

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  • Pelican *** on trees

    Its incredible how did the pelicans changed the colour of the trees just by ***ing on them. Pelicans sleep on these big trees so when they poo it just fells on the floor and on the trees. Dont worry cos when you arrive to the island they fly away until you return to Albreda. Can you imagine if elephants were able to fly?

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  • Canons

    Fort James suffered various sackings and destructions due to its strategic place in mid-river right on the entrance of the country going up stream.A god defense system was necessary. You have not more than 10 canons on the island.

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  • Arriving on the island

    The arrival to the island is a pretty amazing adventure. After the 20 minute pirogue ride on the gambia river you actually arrive on this mid-river island with pelicans, canons and a ruined fort. The huge trees existing on the island gives it a special touch to the all great scene.

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  • Fort James

    This fort was originaly constructed in 1651 by agents of the Duke of Courland, the Fort itself suffered several sackings, desertations and rebiuldings until its actuall state of ruins. It is a very pleasant visit.This James Island and its related site belong to UNESCO World Heritage programe since 2003.

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  • Gambia river

    The Gambia River is one of the smallest major rivers in Africa, running just 1,130 km (700 miles) from the Fouta Djallon plateau in north Guinea to the Atlantic Ocean at the capital city, Banjul. It is navigable for about half that length. The river is known largely because of The Gambia, the smallest country in Africa, which consists of little...

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  • Pirogue trip

    This will the the highlight of you visit. Altough the island is great to enjoy with the ruins and some canon, definately this will be the thing you'll like the most. You have to make a 20 minutes trip up stream the river Gambia with a couple of local people. Oon the way you can see some girafes and lions. hehehe, i'm kidding its a joke, you dont...

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    by johnsakura Written Jun 1, 2004

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    This is an amazing experience. you can take the boat by discussing the price in Albreda to the captain. You can get a cheaper guidance package including the albreda guide, the museum ticket and the boat to the james fort on the island and also the guide explaining the island history.

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