The Elmina Castle

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The Elmina Castle, also known as the St. George’s Castle stands as the oldest castle in Sub Saharan African erected by the Portuguese in 1482 in Ghana formerly known as Gold Coast.

First established as a trade settlement for trading gold and ivory, the castle soon became one of the prolific stops for the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.

In 1996 through the joint efforts of the Ghana Museum and Monument Board, the United States Agency for International Development and the Mid-West Universities Consortium for International Activities, the Elmina Castle was established a museum to educate people on its history and preserve the heritage of the central region.

UNESCO acknowledges the Elmina castle, situated in Ghana’s Central Region, as a World Heritage Site due to its historical significance in the Atlantic slave trade. This, along with other castles and forts in Ghana, makes it a prominent tourist destination.

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