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Valongo Wharf

  • Originally published 07/14/2017

    A Port Where a Million Slaves Were Trafficked Is Now a World Heritage Site

    The massive stone wharf loomed over Rio de Janeiro’s harbor, serving as the arrival point for nearly a million enslaved Africans during the first half of the 19th century. Today, the ruins of the Valongo Wharf are the only physical remains of a slave trade port left standing in the Americas.