Lagos: The Origins

Lagos: a town which represents both the origins of the Atlantic Slave Trade, and the origins of this project. The town, today one of the country’s touristic centres, was once better known as Portugal’s main port city, where the first large-scale sale of enslaved individuals to be recorded in the sources took place in 1444. Here, we find three significant sites of memory: a statue, a museum, and a mass grave still filled with the bodies of enslaved individuals just 550m away. If the museum represents Portugal's first monument acknowledging its history with the slave trade, the mass grave reminds us that this acknowledgement is only cursory.