"Elmina, Dutch remains in Ghana" Elmina by Pieter11

Elmina Travel Guide: 53 reviews and 216 photos

Just a few kilometres west from Cape Coast, also in the Central Region, you'll find the town of Elmina. A place with a long colonial history, starting when the Portuguese built a trading base there that they called "El Mina", the mine, because of the never-ending source of resources that they got from there. Later, the Dutch took over the place and they used it as a centre for their brutal slave trade for centuries.

Today the impressive St. George's Castle still is a silent memory to that dark period. One more fort and a picturesque harbour remember of the colonial era. Elmina is an energetic place, and around its harbour there is always a lot of activity with fishermen going in and out all day long.

  • Last visit to Elmina: Nov 2006
  • Intro Updated Mar 9, 2007
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