Kunta Kinte came from the Gambia; Ake Och Emma; Travel Blog

Gambia – Kunta Kinteh Island and Related Sites

Over Christmas and New Year we went to Senegal and the Gambia. You are now reading the first blog entry from that trip and it is about the part of the trip we spent in the Gambia.

The Gambia is in West Africa and if you look at a map you’ll notice that it is looking very funny. The country is very thin and elongated and sort of resembles a snake in shape. The Gambia is surrounded by Senegal on all sides except to the west where the country has a short coast. The country’s snake-like shape is explained by that the country follows the Gambia River. The rest can be explained by Senegal’s past as a French colony and the Gambia’s past as a British colony.

We are not historians but one thing is obvious – very many bad things and came out of colonialism and very few good. One of the worst things that colonialism made possible was the slave trade, or as we would call it today – human trafficking, and that is were we are going to start our story.

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