slave market | lagos
This innocuous building has just completed another restoration this summer. It was in recent years a museum about the Portuguese slave trade.
Lagos´ slave market, built in 1444, was Europe’s first slave market. It was here during the 15th century where the first slaves, captured and transported from Africa, were sold. Many Africans were dispersed throughout Europe, bringing a considerable income to the Portuguese monarchy and merchant classes, as well as a cheap labour force.
As the major sponsor of these expeditions, Prince Henry the Navigator (who´s statue appears on the plaza) received one fifth of the selling price of the slaves.