Presenting the MANIFEST Lisbon Map
This initiative blooms after the Lisbon Artistic Residency, where, in an atmosphere of inspiration and collaboration, our talented artists embarked on a creative journey from October 16th to 25th. The residency allowed artists to unite and share their creativity while working on their projects within the Portuguese art scene, exploring the connections and vibes that only Lisbon could give them. It’s not a coincidence that Lisbon was chosen as the venue for this event: this city, especially, has a deep historical connection with the transatlantic enslaved people trade since 1500. It became a central hub for the trade of enslaved Africans, serving as both a focal point for receiving captives and subsequently deporting them to other Portuguese cities and abroad. The trade was very profitable in terms of tax for the Portuguese crown, and even after the official abolition in 1773, effective freedom was only reached in the 19th century.
You can now access it freely via the following link that will integrate with Google Maps in your device. Each entry includes location, a historical presentation and images, allowing users to delve into the stories behind these spots, enabling us to delve deep into the history and uncover hidden stories that have shaped Lisbon’s identity.
Developed in collaboration with our partner Les Anneaux de la Memoire and the Associaçao Batoto Yetu Portugal, this map guides you to a list of locations both within and outside Lisbon associated with the trade of enslaved people. While many of these places may no longer have the original structures, their historical significance remains palpable.
MANIFEST is constantly working to spread awareness about historic preservation and the importance of reshaping our present with the memory of the past. We want to acknowledge the significant contribution of batotoyetu.pt, a youth and cultural association dedicated to working with children and young people interested in African culture. Their guided tours align closely with MANIFEST’s mission and complement the goals of the MANIFEST Lisbon Map. If you want to deep dive into Lisbon’s Heritage, we highly recommend you the book “Historical Guide to an African Lisbon, 15th to 21st Century” by Isabel Castro Henriques.
Get ready to explore the tapestry of history that has shaped this remarkable city.