Mata de São João - State of Bahia, Brazil
Doors of ArrivalWhen slave ships departed Western African, they left from Doors of No Return. If the imported people survived the journey to Brazil, they were brought here to Castelo Garcia D'Avila, a fort built around 1550, then shipped to other parts of the country to be sold to work plantations.
It is powerful to navigate the ruins with views of the ocean and then to imagine those people who longed to find their way home. This is an important landmark to see if you are visiting the Mercado Modelo, the former slave market in Salvador, or the Museu Afro-Brasil in São Paulo.