Friday, April 8, 2011

Bagamoyo - Slave Fort

One of the main reasons I always wanted to come to Africa was to see the old slave forts of the west coast from the Transatlantic Slave Trade.  I have seen where Africans were sent to in the Americas, but I always wanted to see and experience where they left.  It's one thing to learn and read about it in books, but a completely different story when you experience it for yourself.  I still have yet to set foot in West Africa, but I was able to see and go inside a former slave fort in Tanzania at Bagamoyo (which means in a very loose translation "a place to die" or "to leave your heart") during the Indian Ocean Slave Trade (in a few weeks I'll see those in Zanzibar).

This experience was something very important to me.

More photos to come.