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"Those stones are dumb, but they carry the testimony of the sufferings of this multitude of souls taken along by force towards other lands."

The Door of No Return on Senegal's Gore Island, has come to represent one of the cruelest episodes in human history : the enslavement by Europeans and Americans of some 12 million Africans. Gore was one of hundreds of slaving posts dotting Africa's west coast from modern-day Senegal south to Angola. Those slaves who did pass through the island (at least 26,000 were recorded) were actually loaded onto boats at a beach about 300 m away. The red-washed House of Slaves, in which The Door of No Return is located, was one of many places on the island that kept slaves both for domestic use and to sell to visiting ships.

http://www.time.com/time/europe/pilgrim/goree.html
http://webworld.unesco.org/goree/en/index.shtml

"Ces roches sont muettes, mais elles portent le tmoignage des souffrances de cette multitude dmes emmenes de force vers dautres contres."

La porte du non-retour sur l'le de Gore incarne un des pisodes les plus cruels de histoire de l'humanit : l'esclavagisme pratiqu par les europens et les amricains sur 12 millions d'africains. Gore tait une "esclaverie" parmi des centaines d'autres installes sur la cte ouest allant du sud du Sngal l'Angola. Les esclaves qui transitaient par l'le (26000 ont t enregistrs) taient entasss dans des bteaux sur une plage 300 mtres plus loin. La maison des esclaves, dans laquelle est situe la porte du non-retour tait un endroit o les esclaves taient emprisonns et vendus aux navires trangers.

http://www.lefigaro.fr/international/20060508.WWW000000369_lesclavage_et_le_songe_de_goree.html
http://www.dakar.unesco.org/goree_patrimoine/
http://webworld.unesco.org/goree/fr/index.shtml

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