One of the 19 communes d'arrondissement (i.e. districts) of the city of Dakar, Senegal; World Heritage Site
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|• Total||0.28 km2 (0.11 sq mi)|
|• Density||6,400/km2 (17,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+0 (GMT)|
|Official name||Island of Gorée|
|Inscription||1978 (2nd session)|
Île de Gorée (French pronunciation: [ildəɡoʁe]; "Gorée Island"; Wolof: Beer Dun) is one of the 19 communes d'arrondissement (i.e. districts) of the city of Dakar, Senegal. It is an 18.2-hectare (45-acre) island located 2 kilometres (1.1 nmi; 1.2 mi) at sea from the main harbour of Dakar ( ), famous as a destination for people interested in the Atlantic slave trade although its actual role in the history of the slave trade is the subject of dispute.
Its population as of the 2013 census was 1,680 inhabitants, giving a density of 5,802 inhabitants per square kilometre (15,030/sq mi), which is only half the average density of the city of Dakar. Gorée is both the smallest and the least populated of the 19 communes d'arrondissement of Dakar.
Other important centres for the slave trade from Senegal were further north, at Saint-Louis, Senegal, or to the south in the Gambia, at the mouths of major rivers for trade. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was one of the first 12 locations in the world to be designated as such in 1978.
- ""Goree and the Atlantic Slave Trade", Philip Curtin, History Net, accessed 9 July 2008". Archived from the original on 2 April 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
- Les Guides Bleus: Afrique de l'Ouest (1958 ed.), p. 123
- "21 World Heritage Sites you have probably never heard of". Daily Telegraph.
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