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Rizna in Harmanec Valley

Michel du Chesne

James Island / UNESCO World Heritage List

West-Africa - The Gambia

juni 19, 2005 - 03:45 UTC

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© 2005 Michel Du Chesne, All Rights Reserved.

Caption

James Island is an island in the Gambia River, 30 km from the river mouth and near Juffureh. It was an important historical site in the West African slave trade, and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The first Europeans settlers on the island were the Courlanders, who called it St. Elizabeth Island and used it as a trade base from 1651 until it was captured by the English in 1661. The English renamed it James Island. They initially used it for the gold and ivory trade and later in the slave trade. In 1695, Fort James was taken by the French after a battle with the English sailors. It was returned in 1697 and then captured again in 1702. As Britain withdrew from the slave trade, the fort was largely abandoned in 1779.

Kunta Kinte, Alex Haley's ancestor described in the book Roots was probably shipped through James Island.

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Location

Africa / Gambia, The

Lat: 13° 18' 58.2" N
Long: 16° 21' 25.9" W

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Precision is: Unknown / Undeclared.

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Equipment

Fuji S2, Sigma 8mm, selfmade Panohead, Ptgui

Deutsch

James Island ist ca. 30 km von der Flussmündung in den Atlantischen Ozean und ca. 5 km von dem Dorf Juffure entfernt. Die Insel war ein wichtiger historischer Ort im Westafrikanischen Sklavenhandel und ist seit 2003 ein UNESCO-Weltkulturerbe. Auf James Island lag die Festung Fort James. Die ersten europäischen Siedler auf der Insel waren die Kurlander, die sie St. Elizabeth Insel nannten. Von 1651 benutzten sie die Insel als Handelsstation, bis sie durch Großbritannien 1661 übernommen wurde. Die Briten nannten die Insel in James Island um. Sie verwendeten sie zuerst für den Gold- und Elfenbeinhandel und später für den Sklavenhandel. 1695 wurde Fort James von den Franzosen nach einer Schlacht mit den britischen Seeleuten eingenommen. Sie wurde 1697 zurückerobert und dann erneut 1702 wieder eingenommen.

Kunta Kinte, Alex Haleys Vorfahr, der in dem Buch Wurzeln beschrieben wurde, wurde vermutlich über James Island versendet.

Fran

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how this panorama was made

after a long passage we are wet, arrived a native wood boat with one honda engine and 3 life jackets for 12 men, brought us probably keep on the island, my cameras like always in a waterproof kinetics box, water...
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