Georgetown used to be one of the most important trading cities existing on the river Gambia, and for that, lots of warehouses also existed to put goods when they arived by boat. Georgetown is located on Janjanbureh Island.
You can go to the river bank and watch the north bank in the Lamin Koto side. This river is very beautiful and is full of hippos. you can ask people to take you there paying a bit of money you will agree BEFORE YOU GO! remember that. also remember the majority of the youngters that make their living as guides are only interested in smoking drug so also be careful.
If you're coming Souht from senegal and like me, the first full time stop was in Georgetown, you'll enjoy seeing how do local people live and socialize each other. This is the main street Finlay street. You have many sops where you can buy almost everything.
On the picture is the part of the city almost near the Slave House, close to the police station.
Sami Work Shoop
This worshop is located on Finlay street and its a iron shop where you have Sami the woner working and melting iron. Its quite interesting and nice to see how he has his shop painted in cheerful colours like the ones you can see on the picture.
Freedom garden entrance
This is the gate of the freedom garden. There are lots of children that come from schools to visit the garden and learn about their city's or country history. to learn how their ancestres got free from slavery and all.
Freedom garden house
This is for sure the most cheerful and beautiful house in the whole island of janjanbureh. You have this house painted in sky pattern, looking so bright and nice on the dirt roads and gree vegetation around the area.
People say this was the biggest slave house in upper river bank, but it seems that this now big roofless barn was probably no such thing, more likely like a warehouse for goods to be taken down and up the river.
This seems to be the city most important monument to locals. This is the garden that represents the people's freedom from colonial times. You have a tree on the centre of the garden that simbolizes the growing life as free people.
The coloured streets of Janjanbureh
The city is very cheerfull. Houses are always painted in very coloured colours which will give you relax feeling and hapiness. Altouhg peopl dont seem to be as happy as the colour on their houses.
This house on the picture is located on the main street of findlay street.
Wooden house sign
This is the picture of the wooden house. You can read a bit of the story of this place. It seems that in the process of liberating slaves back in 1832, they had the first 200 ones comming here and hosues like this were built to them to leave happy and prosper on their diserved freedom.
Historical wooden house
This is the historical wooden house of the Maccarthy Island. It seems this was one of the first houses to be built in 1832 when the first 200 liberated slaves arrived. Many people decided to leave the rural areas and go to some more developed places like the capital. ALtough in colonial times Janjanbureh was the second city of the country.
The name of the island where Janjanbureh is located was Maccarthy Island, now is Janjanbureh Island. During the steamboat era, Janjanbureh was the second city of the country and had actually a very important place on the slavery market down te river to Fort James island and Banjul. Also was a very important admnistrative outpost and a a major upriver trading place.
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 more than half the river and its two banks.
This is a fire people use to clean their fields, also used to take bad spirits away. Its seems that April is the month to do that because its not very hot yet.
Colonial time houses
This is a way of getting to know a bit of Georgetown's histor. Getting to know the old houses existing on the Island. This is one, close to the Freedom Garden.