Cape Coast Castle

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Cape Coast, Ghana
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Cape Coast Castle is a Swedish built castle in Ghana that was used for trade in wood and gold, and later in the slave trade.  It was first built in 1653, but was later rebuilt by the British after they conquered it.  In addition to its use in the slave trade, Cape Coast Castle became the headquarters for the British Gold Coast government. 

More recently, Cape Coast Castle made the news when it was visited by the Obamas in 2009.  Another good example of a slave castle in Ghana is Elmina Castle.
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First To Review: Ragna M.
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Dec 15, 2008
Cape Coast Castle is indeed a very sad place to visit. The Cape Coast Castle was the door to the unknown for slaves, the door was known as the "The door of no return". Female slaves killed their babies by throwing them against the walls of the dungeons, therby protecting them against a live of slavery. One of the first duch churches was also formed here, it is ironic that the church was build on top of one of the dungeons. window.google_render_ad(); window.google_render_ad();
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Oct 30, 2008
Well kept fort on the Ghanaian coast, a few hours car ride from Accra. It has been owned by danish, swedes, brits, dutch during the slave trade/colonial years and is now a museum. Well worth a visit for us westerners to learn valuable lessons of what our ancestors, arab tradesmen and greedy african chief s did to the african people... there are a couple of decent hotels and some fairly good restaurants in the city, so there is no problem to stay for a night or two, combining a visit with some other activities available in the area
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Oct 22, 2008
While Cape Coast Castle is definitely worth a visit while in Ghana I found Elmina Castle to be a better, more informative place to visit.  The tour groups at Cape Coast Castle were a little large and the guide didn't seem as well informed as our guide at Elmina.  
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Apr 3, 2009
Enslavement and slave trade are surely one of the worst things that human beings had ever done
to humanity. I ponder and wonder - Have we learnt from the past?
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Apr 25, 2010
A piece of history, was deeply touched and felt connected to my people...
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