Friday, December 21, 2007

Elmina: The first European settlement in West Africa

Built by the Portuguese Diogo de Azambuja in 1482, the town grew around São Jorge da Mina Castle, and was Portugal's West African headquarters for trade of African wealth. The original Portuguese interest was gold but this later expanded to include tens of thousands of slaves channeled through the trading post of El Mina.

Elmina is a town situated on a bay on the Atlantic Ocean coast of Ghana. It now has a population of around 20,000 people that survive mostly from fishing.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Cape Coast: the Capital of the Golden Coast

The Fishing Arbour on a sunday afternoon