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Where the sandy bank juts out into the blue waters of the lagoon is still described as the "Point of No Return" - its beauty offset by its nightmare past. This is where slaves were sold and shipped to the Americas - never to see Africa again.
"We call it Point-of-No-Return because past there you will not see Africa again," says CornerStone, showing us the port where the slaves boarded the slave ships for the Americas.
BattaBox reports from the Badagry Slave Museum in Nigeria which is currently undergoing rehabilitation and you can see the well that was dug by the slaves in 1847.
Figures vary considerably, but it is estimated that nearly 3 million slaves were taken from the West African region (Togo, Benin, Cameroon, etc), particularly in & around Nigeria - 11 million slaves were taken from Africa as a whole by European and Arab slavers. An estimated 30% of all slaves sold from Africa - came from the Nigeria.
Figures and report and map can be found here:
"We call this one ankle shackle," says Cornerstone as he shows us a variety of historical artefacts in what was once a Barracon, which translates as slave cell in Portugues, who ran many of the early slave trading lines.
There were forty rooms in this one building alone - "A minimum of 1600 slaves lived in this compound." In the 'Inspection Room' there were physical check the dental and health of the slaves - "to see if the slave is healthy enough to travel."
Iron bars are on the small windows stopped anyone from escaping.
Chains were used to emasculate and imprison the slaves are still available for viewing at the museum with photos to show how they were used on Africans.
They even have an umbrella - used to shade local chiefs - that was exchanged for forty slaves, says CornerStone.
Many of the slave forts and prisons have fallen into complete disrepair along the Nigerian coast - whereas in Ghana they still stand as a testament to the horror of the years of the slave trade. But Badagry Slave Museum is now being rehabilitated.
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