Elmina and Cape Coast Castles. Ghana

Posted on by Ollie Harrop

The slave forts of Elmina and Cape Coast in the south of Ghana, West Africa were built by the Swedish and Portugese in the 15th and 17th centuries respectively. On a recent trip to the country to trace my mother’s childhood we visited both forts, and I was struck by African tourist’s reaction to the shocking history of the buildings. Both castles were used for slave trading in the 17th and 18th centuries, and to see modern Africans tentatively exploring a horrific part of European colonisation was incredibly moving. I wandered off on my own during the visits and looked at how they reacted to the spaces.

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