Unfathomable....

by David Swatton February. 06, 2010 3220 views

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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Pandka 7 years, 3 months ago

Superb!

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Redro 7 years, 3 months ago

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

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Alexander 7 years, 3 months ago

i like the frame

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Pete 7 years, 3 months ago

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

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Jet28 7 years, 3 months ago

So tranquil now!

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Taifallos 7 years, 3 months ago

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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Helen Hooker 7 years, 3 months ago

Fascinating post - and what a beautiful place.

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Alice 7 years, 3 months ago

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 7 years, 3 months ago

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 7 years, 3 months ago

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

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Stefan Fletcher 7 years, 3 months ago

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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