Site of an 18th century British slave castle
Bunce Island is arguably one of the most important historic sites for African Americans in Africa. Located off the coast of Sierra Leone, it was one of the main trading ports during the trans-Atlantic Slave trade. Many African American Ancestors passed through Bunce Island during the trade, before being taken across the Atlantic.
The island, which is about 1600 feet, and about 20 miles from Sierra Leone contains remnants of the old British fort that was based there from the 17th century until the 19th when the fort was abandoned. It was one of the largest, if not the largest British slave fort in the entire ‘Rice Coast’.
The island has attracted many popular visitors such as former US National Security Advisor Colin Powel in the early 1990s, who noted in his autobiography about his experience, “I felt something stirring in me.”
Port Loko District,
Port Loko District