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  • Posted Feb. 6, 2010 by David Swatton Viewed 3135 times

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This quiet square in the little coastal town of Trinidad in south east Cuba is a shady place where children play after school. It's cool and peaceful. The buildings date from the 16th century, the one along the lefthandside of the square is a church and monastery.

It's therefore incomprehensible to me how this was the site of the slave market for more than a hundred years. In the shadow of the church the retched cargo of the horrific slave ships were sold to the highest bidders from the sugar cane plantations in the region.

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    • # Redro

      It looks quite surreal, especially accompanied by the story. Beautiful light...

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    • # Pete

      something special about this photo.
      just can't figure out what it is

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    • # Taifallos

      Something I definately like about this take is the story! Not only have you done a fab job with the photo, but the story lets your mind wander and wants to take you back as you attempt to take it all in. Vey nice.

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    • # Alice

      Thank you, thoughtful post.
      Beautiful skies, it looked like a tranquil and nice place to me, before I read your comment. I know the feeling of discomfort when you are somewhere which has a rather sinister past.

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    • # Jacki

      It looks like you managed to take your signature clouds along in your suitcase. :-)

      We've made 'some' progress in the way we treat other people... I'm glad you put your thoughts out there, getting people thinking about it is a good thing.

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    • # Brian

      It can sometimes be easy to forget the past unfortunately. Really nice shot.

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    • # Stefan Fletcher

      Fascinating. Funnily enough, many of the port towns in which I have felt distinctly ill at ease (Bristol, Saint Malo, Bordeaux, etc.) owed their enormous prosperity to the Triangular Trade. There are echos in places, I suppose.

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