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Seychelles and the Legacy of Slavery

Seychelles and the Legacy of Slavery

By Hajira Amla
The Seychelles islands: an archipelago of 115 islands in the Western Indian Ocean, just off the East African coastline. Not everyone will have heard of the Seychelles, but those who have associate it with white sand and luxury holidays. What most people don’t know is that Seychelles has a dark history associated with slavery since the islands were first settled 250 years ago, and for the next few decades the islands would be used as a strategically important base for the storage and transportation of Africans captured on the mainland.
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Part One - the Bell and the Cannon
The Seychelles islands: an archipelago of 115 islands in the Western Indian Ocean, just off the East African coastline. Not everyone will have heard of the Seychelles, but those who have make some pretty quick associations. White sand, tropical sun, crystal clear waters, luxury holidays. A romantic honeymoon. What most people don’t know is that Seychelles has a dark history associated with slavery since the islands were first settled 250 years ago, and for the next few decades the islands would be used as a strategically important base for the storage and transportation of Africans captured on the mainland. The sad stories of these people have been all but forgotten, their mention in historical texts largely focused instead on the monetary value of the slave. This is Seychelles and the legacy of Slavery, a podcast series in 8 parts. Sounds via Zapsplat.com Backing music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) License: CC-BY Attribution 3.0
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June 18, 2020