The 50 Craziest Prisons and Jails in the World

50. Goree Island

Location: Goree Island, Senegal
Notable Residents: n/a
Amenities: Slaves were rumored to literally live on top of each other while waiting to be sold

Prior to France abolishing the slave trade in 1848, thousands of slaves were sent to Goree Island. As one of the 19 "communes of arrondissement" in Dakar, it is the smallest and least popular, but will always be remembered for its place on the Atlantic slave trade. Its Maison des Esclaves, or "House of Slaves," is located on the island, serving as a museum-tribute to the slave trade on the island. It's been disputed how many, if any slaves were held here, but visitors and world leaders continue to recognize the location's importance.

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