Ye olde travel guide: Goree, 1782

In the latest instalment of our historical holidays series, in which experts imagine they're writing a travel guide in the past, Julian Humphrys explores an Atlantic island under British rule that isn't quite the tropical paradise you'd expect...

(Illustration: Jonty Clark for BBC History Magazine)

This article was first published in the June 2014 issue of BBC History Magazine

Few choose to holiday on Gorée. But if you do find yourself on an overnight stay, be on your guard: drunken, unruly soldiers, disease-carrying bugs and a violent governor all await you. Abolitionists be warned: the impact of the slave trade is impossible to avoid.

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