Cape Coast Slave Castle

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Cape Coast Slave Castle

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Gold Coast present-day Ghana is viewed as one of the most strategic points when it comes to the transatlantic slave trade which lasted for over 200 years which saw a significant amount of enslaved Africans been shipped out the continent to various destinations to be used as laborers without pay. Ghana had over 40 forts built and 3 slave castles due to the rocky nature of its coast which made the buildings possible. Gold Coast as it was named by the Portuguese was in abundance of Gold and as such saw a significant number of European countries coming to trade, the Portuguese, Dutch, British, Germans, Swedish and Dennish were all on the coast of Ghana. Cape Coast Castle was the last of all the castles built in Gold coast and seems to be the smallest but had a significant contribution in the transatlantic slave trade as it was SOLELY meant for the transatlantic slave trade. Built by the British around 1665 this edifies has seen more enslaved Africans been held there awaiting shipment than any of the castles built. At a peak season, the Cape Coast Castle could hold up to 1200 enslaved Africans of which 800 were men from ages 12 upwards to about 45 years. The dungeons in the Cape Coast¬† Castle were so dark that enslaved Africans sometimes were partially blind because they stayed there from 2 weeks to 3 months awaiting shipment. One may ask what happens enslaved Africans when they die? The answer is they were thrown into the sea and about 1/3 died in the slave dungeon. Rebellious enslaved Africans were sent to the condemned cell and this cell had no light, no window and 3 doors which couldn’t even provide any light nor ventilation thus spending just 24 hours will kill you. The condemned cell was just meant to kill slaves, in the male slave, dungeon had the tunnel which was used to enter the smaller boat and then o the bigger ships upon arrival of a slave ship. As it stands today the Cape Coast Castle has been designated as a UNESCO world heritage site and is open to the general public and serves as one the most visited tourists attraction in Ghana and was even visited by Barack Obama in 2009. On your next visit to Ghana make sure to visit his historic site and learn more about the castle. Eyali Tours arrange tours to this site should you want to visit, send us an email or fill the below contact form.

 

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