THE JOURNEY OF SLAVES Escravos

place: Cacheu
vehicle: car
length: half to 1 day
season:all the year
(but better in dry season for going to slaves island)


A memory journey about a sad period in the African history. A moment to reflect together and to learn many unknown aspects.

Slaves were taken aboard in Cacheu and carried to South America.

It was also a temporary port of embarkation: when there were no ships leaving, people were massed in Bulol, an islet just outside the Rio Cacheu estuary, named "Island of the Slaves".

The visit to Bulol is a moving experience.

Tied to the trunks of the trees are still visible some beams, to which centuries ago the slaves were chained before being boarded.

The trees have grown since that time and with them the beams tied to their trunks, which cannot be reached by hands.

Rings and chains can also be seen.

A Slavery Memorial has been set up in Cacheu, a museum housed in a 300-year-old historic building, retained in its original architecture.
In November 2015 he hosted the International Symposium on Slavery in Cacheu.
Opening hours (data 2018): 9: 30-12: 30 - 15: 00-19: 00; weekend 10: 00-19.00.

While waiting for the restoration works to be completed, days of remembrance were held twice during the Cacheu festival, in June 2012 and in June 2013.

During these occasions, screenings and debates were held related to the African slave trade and its consequences, still enduring to these days, both in Africa and in the destination countries.

For a detailed description of the festival click the FOOD FESTIVAL page.

The town of Cacheu is one of the oldest historical settlements of Guinea-Bissau, with beautiful sights to explore.

On the river there is a small 16th century fort with an almost square layout. In this area Francis Drake and John Hawkins fought against the Portuguese in 1567.

The fort, with its well preserved cannons, was restored in 2004, and further interventions to bring it back to its glory, are expected in conjunction with the ongoing program for the Slavery Memorial.

The town of Cacheu is still picturesque, with flocks of birds and beautiful sunsets over the water.

For more information and/or to book a visit, call or write to the address on the CONTACTS page.