Entrance to the Elmina Castle

Elmina Castle

Elmina Castle is historically important as it is the earliest European construction in the Gulf of Guinea, and the oldest castle in sub-Saharan Africa. Elmina Castle History Building at the castle commenced in 1482 and was finished in 1486. It was first named São Jorge da Mina. It was used for the gold and ivory […]

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The Cape Coast Castle

Cape Coast Castle

Cape Coast Castle History The Swedish Africa Company built the original timber Cape Coast Castle in 1653 on the site of a Portuguese trading lodge of 1555. Its original name, given by the Swedish, was Carolusborg. The British, who conquered it in 1664, rebuilt it on a much larger scale, in stone. The fortified castle

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