Juffure

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Introduction

U.S. author Alex Haley found that his ancestor Kunte Kinte was born in Juffure, and Roots tours now go up the river from Banjul to visit this village. There's even an annual International Roots Homecoming Festival in June that celebrates reuniting members of the African diaspora. (The atmosphere in Juffure can be a little touristy, which is to be expected in a place that frequently hosts busloads of foreigners.)

On the river, a five-minute walk south of Juffure, is Albreda, which was an old French and then British trading post. On the south bank of the river across from Albreda is Fort James Island, site of a 17th-century fort. All three places may be visited as one excursion. On the north bank of the river, 15 mi/25 km east of Banjul.

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