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Kunta Kinteh Island

This excursion is a full day historical trip starting with a 6:30am pick-up from your hotel, then a short drive to Banjul ferry terminal and a 45-Minute ferry crossing to Barra. From Barra it’s an Hour drive to Juffureh, Albreda.

The tour will start at the slave museum at Juffureh. A visit to the freedom flag post at the old French trading post, Cruise by boat 20 minutes to Kunta Kinteh Island(Kunta Kinteh Island was the main slave shipping point in the Gambia). The island was first occupied by the Portuguese in 1450, and it was named Andrew’s Island after one of the first Portuguese sailors who died on the island. Major Fock, a Courland soldier, was placed in charge of the original settlers after the courlanders, present day Latvia occupied in 1651.The Island was then seized from the Latvians in 1659 by the Dutch and after a short spell, the English captured it in 1661. The British changed the name of both the Island and the Fort to James Island and Fort James respectively, named after James the Duke of York. The chartered Royal Adventurers in Africa Company administered the territory, which used it first for the gold and ivory trade, and later for slave trade. In 1695, the French captured Fort James after a battle with English sailors. In 1702, Fort James was definitively under British control. The fort was destroyed and rebuilt several times in this period, both in conflicts between the English and French and by pirates. The British lost the fort to the French 1779 after a 7-Year war. The island was abandoned by the British in 1830.

On 6 February 2011, at the request of New York Artist Chaz Guest to Gambian President Yaya Jammeh, it was renamed to Kunta Kinteh Island to give the island a Gambian name. At the renaming ceremony, Guest revealed the miniature replica of his 9m (30-foot) statue of Kunta Kinteh that would be displayed on Kunta Kinteh Island which is the main icon of slavery in the Gambia today. After the visit to Kunta Kinteh Island and Related sites, we’ll have lunch and entertainment then drive back to Banjul.

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Kunta Kinteh Island

This excursion is a full day historical trip starting with a 6:30am pick-up from your hotel, then a short drive to Banjul ferry terminal and a 45-Minute ferry crossing to Barra. From Barra it’s an Hour drive to Juffureh, Albreda.

The tour will start at the slave museum at Juffureh. A visit to the freedom flag post at the old French trading post, Cruise by boat 20 minutes to Kunta Kinteh Island(Kunta Kinteh Island was the main slave shipping point in the Gambia). The island was first occupied by the Portuguese in 1450, and it was named Andrew’s Island after one of the first Portuguese sailors who died on the island. Major Fock, a Courland soldier, was placed in charge of the original settlers after the courlanders, present day Latvia occupied in 1651.The Island was then seized from the Latvians in 1659 by the Dutch and after a short spell, the English captured it in 1661. The British changed the name of both the Island and the Fort to James Island and Fort James respectively, named after James the Duke of York. The chartered Royal Adventurers in Africa Company administered the territory, which used it first for the gold and ivory trade, and later for slave trade. In 1695, the French captured Fort James after a battle with English sailors. In 1702, Fort James was definitively under British control. The fort was destroyed and rebuilt several times in this period, both in conflicts between the English and French and by pirates. The British lost the fort to the French 1779 after a 7-Year war. The island was abandoned by the British in 1830.

On 6 February 2011, at the request of New York Artist Chaz Guest to Gambian President Yaya Jammeh, it was renamed to Kunta Kinteh Island to give the island a Gambian name. At the renaming ceremony, Guest revealed the miniature replica of his 9m (30-foot) statue of Kunta Kinteh that would be displayed on Kunta Kinteh Island which is the main icon of slavery in the Gambia today. After the visit to Kunta Kinteh Island and Related sites, we’ll have lunch and entertainment then drive back to Banjul.

VIP Booking

Free

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