Valongo Wharf (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

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Dublin Core

Title

Valongo Wharf (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Subject

Subject (Topic)
Slavery
Middle Passage
Transatlantic Slave Trade
Slave Trade
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Subject (Object Type)
Memorial

Description

As the last nation in the Americas to officially abolish slavery in 1888, historians estimate that of the approximately 10.7 million enslaved persons brought to the Americas, as many as 50 percent arrived in Brazil. Valongo was the debarkation point for an estimated 900,000 slaves. In July 2007 the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization added the wharf to its World Heritage List.

The site consists of a number of archaeological layers, the lowest of which are the remains of the Valongo Wharf’s floor pavings. The bodies of the slaves who died upon arrival in Brazil were burned, and chopped-up bones were buried in mass graves on a site near the wharf.

Source

UNESCO

Relation

To watch a video about this site from the United Nations Information Centre for Brazil, click here.

Coverage

Av. Barão de Tefé - Saúde, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20220-460, Brazil

Bibliographic Citation

UNESCO, "Valongo Wharf Archaeological Site," Accessed May 28, 2019: https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1548

Rights Holder

Renée Ater

Citation

“Valongo Wharf (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil),” Contemporary Monuments to the Slave Past, accessed May 28, 2024, https://slaverymonuments.org/items/show/1164.

Geolocation