Island of Gorée

Island of Gorée

Île de Gorée (i.e. “Gorée Island”; (French pronunciation: ​[ildəɡoʁe]) is one of the 19 communes d’arrondissement (i.e. districts) of the city of Dakar, Senegal. It is a 0.182 square kilometres (45 acres) island located 2 kilometres (1.1 nmi; 1.2 mi) at sea from the main harbor of Dakar (14°40′0″N 17°24′0″W).

Its population as of 31 January 2005 official estimates is 1,056 inhabitants, giving a density of 5,802 inh. per km² (15,028 inh. per sq. mile), which is only half the average density of the city of Dakar. Gorée is both the smallest and the least populated of the 19 communes d’arrondissement of Dakar.

Gorée is famous as a destination for people interested in the Atlantic slave trade but relatively few slaves were processed or transported from there. The more important centres for the slave trade from Senegal were north, at Saint-Louis, Senegal, or to the south in the Gambia, at the mouths of major rivers for trade.

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Île de Gorée (i.e. "Gorée Island"; (French pronunciation: ​[ildəɡoʁe]) is one of the 19 communes d'arrondissement (i.e. districts) of the city of Dakar, Senegal.

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