Elmina, formerly known as Gold Coast house the oldest European building in existence below the Sahara-St. George’s castle. It is historically and indisputably the most important and oldest european building in the entire tropical world and americas. It was build by the Portuguese ten years before Christopher Columbus set foot on the “New World”. I was told Ghana used to have the biggest slave trade in Africa and St. George Castle is the biggest slave trade market.
Slavery happened to many countries in the past-for example Ancient China, Ancient Egypt, etc. The start of African Slavery is by the Arabs but the amont is SO Small when compare to the Atlantic Slave Trade. So nowadays when people talked about Slavery they usually refer to this horrific event! If you are from the US, Caribbean and Brasil, it’s best to know the root of where YOU are coming from and you most likely undertand a lot better when you are in Ghana. The story is very long and complicated so I will just let you guys look at wikipedia:P But If you check out the photos I took in here, you can never imagine such horrific slave trade event can took place in such a beautiful place!! The castle had 280 degree of sea view!
And the beach and village next to i was absolutely amazing!
The castle was first build for European trader to trade good with the African trader. The Dungeon used to store goods was turned in to Slave Dungeon later. If Slave did anything bad, they will be put in a punishment cell and the cell have no window, no ventilation, no light whatsoever!!!
The “Door Of No Return” was very small to prevent escape of the slave! It’s so different from the one in Goree Island-Senegal
You can see the Fort at a distance from the Castle and Fort is build to protect the castle from Enemies because it’s up on the hill and spot enemies easily.
School tour are arranged to visit the castle every now and then.
Elmina is a beautiful town with absolutely beautiful setting! Almost all the beaches there are gorgeous and I happened to see pigs running around the beach while people were playing football-Funniest every!!
If you happend to be in Ghana, do spend time and visit Elmina.Cheers:)