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The island, named after the Dutch island of Goede Rede, was originally a dutch fortress, catering to the transport of slaves. Although nothing remains of the original fortress, the island is littered with fortifications from later dates. the most dominant are the WW2 fortifications on the rocky hill dominating the island.
In contrast to its militaristic past, today the island is a peaceful place, with its stunning colonial architecture and impressive sights and museums, including a museum on the history of africa and the prisons where slaves were kept before they were shipped off to the Americas. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, although it seems that those who prepared the slave museum consider it to be a Francophone heritage site only. (All information is in French, making the many visitors from e.g. Nigeria and USA somewhat disappointed.)
The island also has a reputation for Djembe (traditional drums) playing and Djembe players gather on the island for life sessions. Bloody Great fun!