The slave island

Kunta kinteh formerly James Island

The Kunta -Kinteh Island

Slave Island

Kunta-Kinteh Slave Island Learn More


The Kunta -Kinteh Island

Getting ready to embarked on the boat to the Island Learn More

The Kunta-Kinteh Island


The Kunta-Kinteh Island a UNESCO World Heritage site Learn More

The Slave Island

Kunta - Kinteh

Africa's  Major slave trading post during the Trans Atlantic slave trade Learn More

Africa's major slave trading post

The Island of Kunta-Kinteh

The symbol for the abolition of slave trade at Juffureh Learn More

 An important historical site during the atlantic slave trade, the Island together with it related sites including Fort bullen, Juffureh and Albreda are World heritage listed  sites. The first european settlers on the island came from dutch of court land, though the English crown had granted the island to two separate companies in 1588 and 1618. In 1651, the settlers built a fort that they named after Jacob Kettler the then Duke of Courland, and used it as a trade base. They held the fort from 1659 until the British captured it in 1661.

A character described in Alex Halley’s book and TV series roots has become associated with the Kunta Kinteh Island, formerly known as James Island.  Kunta- Kinteh was one of 98 slaves that in 1767, the slave ship Lord Ligonier took to Annapolis, Maryland.

Quick Facts

Kunta-Kinteh Slave Island

Its first settlers were the Duchy of Courtland & Semegailia a vassal state of the Polish Lithuanian Common wealth.


The Slave Island

The Island was  major slave trading post in Africa during the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade.