Africa

Scenic island exposes horrors of slave trade

Published 8:08 AM ET, Tue February 21, 2012
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View of Gorée Island from ferry boats. errol barnett/CNN
The buildings reflect many colonizing powers of previous centuries: English, Dutch, French and Portuguese architecture can be seen everywhere. errol barnett/cnn
Slaves would stand naked at the center being observed by traders above negotiating a price for them. errol barnett/CNN
A cell 2.6 meters x 2.6 meters housed 15-20 men at a time for around 3 months. errol barnett/CNN
Conditions were so horrid for the people forced to live here, an epidemic broke out, according to the curator of the House of Slaves. errol barnett/cnn
The 'door-of-no-return' was the last step on African soil slaves would see, a wooden plank lead them from here to a slave ship. errol barnett/cnn
Inside Africa's Errol Barnett looking out through the 'door-of-no-return'. errol barnett/cnn
Eloi Coly, Chief curator at House of Slaves. errol barnett/cnn
A beautiful flower-shaded walkway masks painful memories from centuries ago. errol barnett/cnn
French cannons atop Gorée Island. errol barnett/cnn
This monument points west, representing the millions of slaves headed toward the Americas. errol barnett/cnn
Looking down on Gorée Island is like looking through a time machine. errol barnett/cnn