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Argentina - Parque Lezama (Lezama Park)

The Royal Guinea Company built its business headquarters in the highest part of a hill, near the place where Lezama Park is today, on the current Brasil Street. In 1713 the South Sea Company replaced the Guinea Seas Company. Today there is no tangible evidence of the “asientos” or the existence of the slave depot, but the location is known from documentary sources of the period.

Identified as Memory Site of Argentina in the framework of “The Slave Route Project in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay”.

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The file includes excerpts from the publication “Sitios de Memoria y culturas vivas de los afro descendientes en Argentina, Paraguay y Uruguay. Tomo I Huellas e Identidades”,  Plaza San Martín y Parque Lezama, Marta Goldberg.

Access 365 days of the year, 24 hours. It is located in one of the most central areas of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires and with good public transportation.
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Other data of interest


Historical name

Depósito de Esclavos de la Compañía de los Mares del Sur (Slave depot of the South Sea Company)


Se encuentra rodeado por las calles Defensa y Brasil y las Avenidas Paseo Colón y Martín García; Barrio San Telmo, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina.






Place of confinement Slave market

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Current Use

Public park

Original use

Slave place of confinement

Property kind


Expressions of intangible heritage associated

In the last few years, the practice of Candombe and the drummings have been revitalized in the area near Lezama Park.