Lisbon: 3-Hour The Slave Trade - An Historical Walking Tour

Lisbon: 3-Hour The Slave Trade - An Historical Walking Tour

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On this 3-hour walking tour of Lisbon's historical city center, you will learn how in the 15th century Portugal created the Atlantic slave trade and how slavery went hand in hand with the journeys of exploration Portugal is most famous for.

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Duration 3 hours
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English, Portuguese
Small group
Limited to 6 participants


  • Enjoy the main sights in Lisbon's city center and learn their connection with the slave trade
  • Experience will be led by an African guide with a background in history, political science and economics
  • Learn about a topic rarely discussed in mass tourism
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In the first half of the 15th century Portugal, under the guidance of Prince Henry the Navigator, began what is now referred to as the Atlantic slave trade. This trade saw between 12 to 14 million Africans sold into slavery and taken across the ocean to the Americas, a crime against the humanity of these individuals which lasted for four centuries. On this walking tour, you learn just how this trade shaped Portugal's development. To that end, you will be guided along back streets and main avenues, monuments, churches and public squares that have a connection with this history and can offer insight into how Lisbon was marked by slavery. Various topics such as the genesis of slavery in the Iberian peninsula, the birth of the Atlantic slave trade, the Age of Discovery, the day to day aspects of the life of a slave living in historical Lisbon, the importance of Brazil, the abolition of trade in Portugal, the Portuguese colonies in Africa and the struggle for liberation by African nationalists will be addressed.  This tour will be conducted by a licensed local guide. Gain the knowledge you need to know to enhance your stay in Lisbon and to promote Portugal's culture and heritage. From recommendations of things to do in the city, to insider advice on public transportation to other areas you would want to visit during your stay, feel free to ask your guide anything. A total of one coffee and one WC break will be included. 
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      In front of the fountain located at the following address: Largo do Chafariz de Dentro.

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      5 /5

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      Rui was an incredibly knowledgeable and careful guide with a clear passion for the subject matter and it being so under-discussed. The tour is well-researched and no question i asked was ever glanced over ; he had clear, thoughtful responses for everything. The history of course is difficult and emotional and he understood that. It’s totally made me look at Lisbon in a different way. Can defo say it’s one of the best and most illuminating tours I’ve done.

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      July 21, 2020

      Rui is a very friendly guy, the tours was very well documented and extremely dense.... You'll get a lot of information, even on your silly or specific (historical and geographical) questions (they are not a lot as all topics from slavery up to colonies are covered)... but also tips on a few spots to visits or local and good places for eating. I highly recommend

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      November 2, 2020


      Absolutely fantastic experience. Rui is an extremely informed, friendly and considerate guide. He's chosen, relevant, important and interesting subject matter, which, although sensitive, was brought to life and made engaging and enjoyable without being reductive or superficial.

      August 3, 2020

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