The detailed study of maps of West Africa in the slave trade reveals new insights about the Atlantic trade. In addition new forms of online connectivity now makes it possible to link rare-book and manuscript archives with contemporary on-the-spot data to generate a “virtual visit” to many of the castles and dungeons initially important in the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Atlantic trade from West Africa.
With the use of the Google Chrome browser, for example, you can see:
- A view from space of the Dixcove Castle that is documented in the maps of the slave trade.
- You can take a “virtual walk” through the castle itself.
- A view from space of Cape Coast Castle, in the modern state of Ghana.
- View the interior courtyard of the Castle and undertake a virtual “walk through” of the site.
Similarly, you can view the historically important Island of Goree, off-shore from Dakar Senegal,
and “walk through” its important contemporary museum of Senegalese history & the slave trade..
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For the creative use of digitized historical documents & maps see:
- Early Caribbean Digital Archive (ECDA) and
- Slave Revolt in Jamaica, 1760-1761 Dr. Vincent Brown
See related historical background material: