The allure of tourism has prompted a revisit of the infamous transatlantic slave trade in Guinea Bissau. A new memorial museum is being established to focus on the ills of the country’s colonial past. Between the 15th and 18th century, thousands of Africans were shipped to Europe and the Americas to work as slaves in what would be dubbed the Transatlantic trade.
The town of Cacheu in Guinea Bissau was agog with this activity during this period and many losing their loved ones to face an uncertain future. However, remembering this sore period in the nation’s colonial history is not fully embraced by citizens due to little literature on the subject. A memorial museum is initiated to help educate people on that period under Portuguese rule and to help drive tourism prospects.
Guinea Bissau was not the only country engaged in this horrible activity, Senegal also has part of its history rooted on the slave trade. Their ancient transit slave port has attracted many dignitaries and a regular tourism hotspot. A visit by slave descendants to Cacheu in 2010, identified by their DNA paved way for the idea for a Memorial Museum.
Cacheu is widely believed to be the first place where Europeans practiced transatlantic slavery on an industrial scale.