Portuguese town opens window to its slave-trade history

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Portuguese town opens window to its slave-trade history

Tourists walk through a tunnel at the medieval-area Castle of Lagos in Lagos, Portugal. A striking Portuguese beach town of coastlines and sandstone cliffs, Lagos is the birthplace of the African slave trade in Europe. A museum dedicated to slavery is helping this enclave in the heart of southern Portugal’s Algarve region come to terms with its history.
Tourists stand in front of the medieval-era Castle of Lagos in Lagos, Portugal, a striking Portuguese beach town that is also the birthplace of the African slave trade in Europe.
Tourists read about the African slave trade at O Mercado de Escravos, or the Slave Market, a museum in Lagos, Portugal.
Chains once used to hold slaves are displayed at O Mercado de Escravos, or the Slave Market, which now serves as a museum to slavery in Lagos, Portugal.

Portuguese town opens window to its slave-trade history

Tourists walk through a tunnel at the medieval-area Castle of Lagos in Lagos, Portugal. A striking Portuguese beach town of coastlines and sandstone cliffs, Lagos is the birthplace of the African slave trade in Europe. A museum dedicated to slavery is helping this enclave in the heart of southern Portugal’s Algarve region come to terms with its history.
Tourists stand in front of the medieval-era Castle of Lagos in Lagos, Portugal, a striking Portuguese beach town that is also the birthplace of the African slave trade in Europe.
Tourists read about the African slave trade at O Mercado de Escravos, or the Slave Market, a museum in Lagos, Portugal.
Chains once used to hold slaves are displayed at O Mercado de Escravos, or the Slave Market, which now serves as a museum to slavery in Lagos, Portugal.

Portuguese town opens window to its slave-trade history

Tourists walk through the Infante D. Henrique Square in Lagos, Portugal. Lagos, a beach town of charming coastlines and sandstone cliffs, is also the birthplace of the African slave trade in Europe. A museum dedicated to slavery is helping this enclave in the heart of southern Portugal’s Algarve region come to terms with its history.

Portuguese town opens window to its slave-trade history

Tourists pass by O Mercado de Escravos, or the Slave Market, which serves as a museum in Lagos, Portugal. The building sits on the site where the first captured Africans were sold into slavery in Europe.

Portuguese town opens window to its slave-trade history

A sculpture depicts a slave who led a revolt at O Mercado de Escravos, or the Slave Market, which now serves as a museum in Lagos, Portugal. Lagos, a striking Portuguese beach town of charming coastlines and sandstone cliffs, is the birthplace of the African slave trade in Europe.

Portuguese town opens window to its slave-trade history

A bench where slaves reportedly sat before being sold is shown at O Mercado de Escravos, or the Slave Market, which now serves as a museum in Lagos, Portugal.
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