Bunce Island

No visit to Freetown would be complete without a visit to Bunce Island, where the remnants of an 18th-century slave fort stand as a testament to the island’s horrific past as one of West Africa’s most prolific slave-trading centres particularly for the North American colonies of South Carolina and Georgia.

Located in Freetown’s vast natural harbour, Bunce Island can be reached by boat from the capital and visitors will see the ruins of Bunce Island House, the headquarters where the Chief Agent once lived; the open-air slave yard divided into an area for men, and women and children; the ruins of watchtowers and a fortification with iron cannons, some of which still bear the royal mark of King George III.

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