Untitled Image (Arguin Fort)
Arguin is an island off the western coast of the Sahara region. It is approximately 6x2 km in size, with extensive and dangerous reefs around it. This sketch details the fort construction and interior features such as entrance and gates, courtyard, cistern location, living quarters. The Portuguese first built this fort in late fifteenth century. It was taken over by Brandenbergers in 1685, and later by French etc.
A. W. Lawrence, Trade Castles and Forts of West Africa (Stanford Univ. Press, 1964), plate 1, following p. 192; original source unclear.
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"Untitled Image (Arguin Fort)", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed January 18, 2021, http://slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/598