Île de Gorée

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Île de Gorée or Gorée Island is one of the 19 communes d'arrondissement (i.e. districts) of the city of Dakar, Senegal. Gorée is a small island 900 meters in length and 350 meters in width sheltered by the Cape Vert Peninsula located 2 kilometers (1.1 nautical miles or 1.2 miles) at sea from the main harbor 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. Gorée is known as the location of the House of Slaves (French: Maison des esclaves), built by an Afro-French Métis family about 1780–1784. The House of Slaves is now used as a tourist destination to show the horrors of the slave trade throughout the Atlantic world.

[edit] Prison Island Swims

Île de Gorée is one of the 8 open water swims of the Octad of Open Water Swims or Prison Island Swims that includes the following open water swims around formerly well-guarded isolated prison islands. Robben Island, Alcatraz Island, Spike Island and Rottnest Island are now 21st century sites better known for challenging open water swims with tricky currents and surrounding marine life. Convicts of the past have given way to contemporary open water swimming traditionalists and wetsuit-clad triathletes and swimmers.

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