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:
- Kunta Kinteh Island and Related Sites (UNESCO/NHK)
- Old Maps, Picks and Shovels: Steps Toward An Archaeology of the Atlantic Slave Trade
- Historical Cartography and the Archaeology of the Atlantic Trade | EV & N – 304 | CCRV
- Recalling Some Aspects of America’s Immigration Policies in Black History Month | EV & N – 238 – CCTV
- A Tribute to Henry Louis Gates, Jr. …a Cambridge~Global Living Legend
- Old Maps & New Narratives: Digitizing Historical Maps to Analyze New Dimensions of the Atlantic Trade
- The Globalization of Food Production and the Origins of Africa’s Food Crisis
- Castles and Dungeons on the Coasts and Islands: Retracing Some Steps in the Atlantic Trade
- The Atlantic Trade and Africa: The Portuguese, the Spanish & the Dutch – Part 1
- The Atlantic Trade and Africa: The Portuguese, the Spanish & the Dutch – Part 2
Some further references and notes on Kunta Kinteh Island
- Genehoa, 1671, Cartographer: Johannes Van Keulen, Sr.
- The Gambia River, 1732, John Leach. The Gambia River
- Plan of Iames Island in the Gambia, 1732, Thomas Astley, 1745
- Grundriss der Insel James oder Jacob auf der Gambra im 1732 (and) Nordostliche Aussichte des St. James Forts, Christian Friedrich van der Heiden, 1760.