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Historic Sites in the Gambia

Information about world heritage sites and other historic sites in the Gambia.

UNESCO World Heritage sites in Gambia

Kunta Kinteh Island and Related Sites
World heritage site located in Banjul and other parts of the Lower Niumi and Upper Niumi Districts of Gambia. Received UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site status in 2003. Features sites along the River Gambia related to encounters between Africans and Europeans along the River Gambia, including the pre-colonial period, the pre-slavery period, the slavery period, and Gambia achieving independence. The seven sites with world heritage status include?
- Kunta Kinteh Island (aka James Island)
- Albreda Village (chapel and warehouse)
- Juffureh Village (Maurel Freres Building)
- Sao Domingo Portuguese Settlement Remains
- Fort Bullen and the Six-Gun Battery
- UNESCO "Kunta Kinteh Island and Related Sites" Profile
- Wikipedia "Kunta Kinteh Island" Article

Stone Circles of Senegambia
Four large groups of stone circles and more then 1000 monuments in a section along 350 kilometers of the Gambia River that is about 100 kilometers wide.
- UNESCO "Stone Circles of Senegambia" Profile
- Wikipedia "Senegambian Stone Circles" Article

More about Historic Sites in the Gambia

Kunta Kinteh Island
Located about 30 kilometers inland from the mouth of the River Gambia. Designated a world heritage site in 2003. Known as "James Island" until February 6, 2011 when it was given he Gambian name "Kunta Kinteh Island".

Fort Bullen
Built in 1827 after the James Island Fortress was destroyed by the French. Located on the Northern end of barra Pont. Named after British Commodore Charles Bullen.

Fort James
Remains of a fort on Kunta Kinteh Island in the Gambia River. Designated a world heritage site in 2003. Located near Juffure in the Upper Niumi District of Gambia, about 19 miles from the Atlantic coast mouth of the River Gambia.
- Fortified Places: James Island Fort
- Love Gambia: Fort James Island

Six Gun Battery
Artillery battery with 24 pounder guns established to apprehend American, French, Portuguese, and Spanish slave trading ships after the British Abolition Act of 1807 made slave trafficking illegal.

See also
Other Attractions in the Gambia
Gambia Travel Guide
Africa Travel Guide

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