The Kura Hulanda Museum is located in the Otrobanda area of Willemstad, the capital of Curacao. This is a museum that is dedicated to telling the story about slavery.
The first part of the museum reveals the history of the Lands of Abraham, the fertile crescent of the Middle East. There are many artifacts from the period. The next stop is the Mama Africa sculpture followed by the start of the slavery information.
There are some astonishing facts to read in this unique exhibit. For instance, slavery began in the 1440s with the full knowledge of the Roman Catholic Church. The founders of Barclays Bank made their business from slavery. Barbary raiders captured more than 350 British registered ships in the English Channel between 1674 and 1680. Almost 600,000 Europeans were sold in slave markets in North Africa in the 16th and 17th centuries.
The museum also covers the transportation of slaves to the Americas and their terrible travelling conditions on this journey. They would sit in the hold with their knees bent, with someone in front of them and someone behind them.
The museum illustrates the fate of African slaves in Latin America, the abolition of slavery in the USA and slavery today. Many items from the great African empires of Ghana, Mali, and Ethiopia are also on display, with separate sections that show the artistry of the Dogons of Mali and bronzes produced in Benin.
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