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Also a piece of dutch history.....

How cruel history can be....

Elmina has a fort and a castle.
The St George's castle is built by the Portuguese in 1482 and captured by the Dutch in 1637. Till 1872 (then the english took over) the castle was the african headquarter of the Dutch West Indies Company. When the trade of slaves became more lucrative than gold, both castle and fort were expanded and transformed for the slave-trading. The Dutch have exported more than 65.000 slaves from here.
In the castle you can visit the former slave quarters, the dungeons and the quarters of the governor.
Like 9 years ago in the fort of Cape Coast I was impressed by the cruel history.

Nowadays Elmina is a lifely fishing-village, nice to stroll around and chat with Ghanaians, some with dutch names.

  • Last visit to Elmina: Dec 1989
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Mar 1, 2007 at 9:29 PM

    Elmina sounds like a place where you must take your time and stay to enjoy fully the atmosphere!

  • BluBluBlu's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2006 at 2:14 PM

    Hi Ali...loved the lagoon pic! As always colorful & interesting! Blu

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2004 at 12:16 AM

    Another fascinating page! Well done, Ali! I do hope, everything is okay with you!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2004 at 3:26 AM

    Yes, these old slave-trading ports do have a fascinating, if troubling, history. Great pics of both the Fort and harbour area!

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    May 21, 2004 at 6:41 AM

    Reallyu lovely, and Bernhard was there ;-)

  • heywinks's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2004 at 7:16 AM

    I would love to visit here someday...great tips!

  • seratonin's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2003 at 4:39 AM

    Very nice pictures of Elmina`s everyday`s life! Thank you for this page!

  • Aug 10, 2003 at 5:37 AM

    Very interesting! Would be nice talking to Jan and Truus..whatever there names are.

  • patrikske's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2003 at 7:54 AM

    Lovely page, Ali !

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Jul 25, 2003 at 11:33 PM

    I have spent many days in towns like this! Absolutely Fantastic!!!!I can taste the fresh seafood in the market now!


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