The Point of No Return is a UNESCO heritage site marking the exit point from West Africa to the Americas during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. From this beach in Ouidah, Benin, West Africa millions of slaves were captured, shackled, then marched to their enslavement or, in many cases, death. A shadow hangs over this beach. The sadness in the air is palpable. We stood on sands that are marred in blood and despair. And, a tour guide and translator who is, herself, a direct descendant of the most prolific Portuguese slave trader in Africa, explains the Point and her history.
This is a great travel article on the beaches of Ouidah and the history of The Point of No Return.