Fort Bullen, Barra

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#5 of 11 in Historic Sites in Gambia
Fort Bullen is located in Barra. See Fort Bullen and all North Bank Division has to offer by arranging your trip with our North Bank Division visit website .
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  • After the United Kingdom abolished slavery in 1807, it took active steps to end it. Fort Bullen was part of that plan, built to counteract the slavery practices of other nations. The guide was excelle...  more »
  • The Fort is both a historical monument itself and a working museum. Halima, the excellent tour guide, provided us with a fascinating insight into how the fort operated; its role in the abolition of sl...  more »
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  • Great overview of the whole sad slavery chapter. The fort is intact and had a very enthusiastic curator who showed us around and provided a good explanation. Some gory exhibits. Take a local guide to escort you to the ferry and fort and see the piroque boat building next door. Amazing skill to build from mahogany planks. Great day out.
  • Fort Bullen has been an important outpost at various times and I think it's history is fascinating. I usually try and avoid using a Guide as I like to read up before hand and then enjoy a slow wander about. However, Halimma was a really good guide at the Fort and she added some fascinating facts about life in the region. I thought the Fort was in reasonable condition and you can visualize how it all worked in the past. Their is a nearby cafe (ex-commisioners house) in the grounds of the fort and a toilet block about 400 yards away from the cafe. You'll need a key to use the toilet facilities.
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