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|Subject: Obama screws up again||Date: 6/28/2013 12:38 PM|
|Author: telegraph||Number: 687374 of 775635|
tries to rewrite history
For a black American president on a tour of Africa, it seemed an obvious opportunity for a speech about the evils of slavery. When Barack Obama visited Senegal on Thursday, he headed for Gorée Island, where a crumbling fort is said to have been the key departure point for millions of slaves shipped across the Atlantic.
Yet as the president toured the 18th century building and later spoke of how the visit had allowed him to "fully appreciate the magnitude of the slave trade", historians pointed out that it was probably never used for that purpose at all.
Pictures on Thursday showed Mr Obama standing with his wife Michelle at Gorée's so-called Door of No Return, a dark passageway from where the fort's human cargo is said to have been loaded via gangplanks onto ships.
However, despite the claims that millions of slaves passed through the door, its most likely use is now thought to have been for disposing of rubbish. Likewise, the waters it overlooks are too rocky and shallow for a slave ship to have used it as a loading bay.
"There are literally no historians who believe the Slave House is what they're claiming it to be, or that believe Goree was statistically significant in terms of the slave trade," said Ralph Austen, a professor at the University of Chicago who has researched the subject.
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