"Elmina" Elmina by grets

Elmina Travel Guide: 53 reviews and 214 photos

El Mina town started life as a fishing village way back in the 13th century, and was producing salt as long ago as 700 years. Life still goes on pretty much in the same way today.

The name is derived from the Portuguese title for the whole stretch of coastline: Da Costa de el Mina de Ouro which means “the Coast of Gold Mines”. Other sources suggest the name comes from the Arabic word for ‘harbour’ – el mina.

  • Last visit to Elmina: Dec 2006
  • Intro Written Jan 8, 2007
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  • Acirfa's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2007 at 2:15 AM

    How cruel and yet still there are 'slaves' in the world today. This is good for us to see and be made aware of what has and can happen to people.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Apr 8, 2007 at 1:26 AM

    I get the shivers when reading how humilating mankind can be and hopefully will never do slave trading again !

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2007 at 8:59 AM

    Alas..the slave trade. Still many people around the world still work under "slave" conditions. It must be very grim while given the vivid details during the tour.

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Jan 12, 2007 at 12:30 PM

    Excellent discription of the past in Elmina. Very informative information and great photos.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jan 12, 2007 at 5:01 AM

    Another fascinating yet haunting page, Grete. It's a dark history of what people have done to each other throughout history. Thanks for the step-by-step information. Truly appreciated.

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