Kunta Kinteh Island, The Gambia

Tap or click on the picture below to see the ruined remains of the Fort on Kunta Kinteh Island,  (formerly James Island) in The Gambia, West Africa.


[Copyright: Michel Du Chesne; Type: Spherical; Resolution: 4000×2000; Taken: 01/10/2008; Uploaded: 01/10/2008; Updated: 06/01/2019]

Tap or click on the 1732 map of James Island (below), to access a PDF file and magnify it to inspect its details.


[Reproduced from original print in the African Historical Graphics Archive]

Other maps from different periods have different details:


For a “drone’s-eye-areal-view” of the island see:

Published on Dec 5, 2017

Kunta Kinteh Island is a small island in the Gambia River which joins the Atlantic Ocean. Its location in the middle of the river made it a strategic place to control the waterway. Visited by explorers and merchants in their search for a sea route to India it became one of the first cultural exchange zones between Africa and Europe. By 1456 the Island had been acquired by Portugal from local rulers and the construction of a fort began.

View contemporary circumstances on the island by scanning in this QR code:


A generic depiction from the cartouche of an early Dutch map (1671) of the trading relationship between European merchant (holding the gold weight scale) and the populations of the Senegal and Gambia regions.


 Nieuwe Paskaert, Van de Kust van GENEHOA Medeeen gedeelte van Gambia, beginnende and C. Blanco tot C. Verde, Met al Syn diep ten ende droogten dusver Naeukeurig op gestelt Met Prevelegie voor15 jaer, 1681, Cartographe: Johannes Van Keulen, Sr.

[Click image to view in Afriterra online library]

For further information see related exhibit link:

and related sources:

Some further references and notes on Kunta Kinteh Island

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