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Friday, April 8, 2011

Point of No Return

It's hard to imagine that this beautiful stretch of beach in Ouidah was once, for approximately 1 million individuals, their last encounter with their homeland. European traders purchased slaves, established forts and were also aided in part by the indigenous Dahomey kingdom which shamelessly profited from the slave trade.

The town has restored many examples of colonial and Afro-brazilian architecture but has also left many to deteriorate due to the huge expense of restoration.

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