Interesting to learn that many slaves were captured during tribe skirmishes - by the different tribes, then turned over for the slave trade. © 2018 | Business Day Ghana | All Rights Reserved |. In 1637, the Dutch took over Elmina castle and soon thereafter, it became a major center in the lucrative slave trade. Tweet on Twitter. Great road from Accra make it a one day outing. culture is involved in the programming of festivals and each element within them constitutes a part of the culture of the society they occur in. Yet almost all began their journeys in the slave’s castles on the Ghanaian coast. Donations under $8K to Trump ‘election defense’ instead go to president,... NDC will establish a Renewable Energy Authority if voted into power... 5 fruits Ghanaians love and their English names. Yet almost all began their journeys in the slave’s castles on the Ghanaian coast. This was built to support Captains of ship by providing their vessels with a secure harbour. "This is the lord's resting place.this is his habitation " . Elmina castle, http://www.elminacastle.info, St George’s d’ Elmina castle, UNESCO, http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/34, Door of no return at Elmina castle (Pete Pattisson, © The British Library Board). The Memorial covers an area of 19,000 square meters and consists of 2711 concrete slabs different in height. The attractive surroundings with sandy beaches, blue skies, and good tropical palm trees tell a story about how thousands of African slaves ever see as their homeland. Through the protection of gold trade, the Elmina castle later developed as a point on the infamous slave triangle transporting human cargo to America and the Caribbean, and raw materials, which are cotton and rubber to Britain and manufactured goods like clothing’s and arm weapons back to the West Coast of Africa. This is the version of our website addressed to speakers of English in the United States. Because really which young Scottish person didn’t support Croatia in the world cup semi-final? This is a landscape that has molded the people who inhabit it. The very first and the largest European building constructed for many centuries. It was truly a memorable experience.What I hated were the vendors right outside the museum. It is a Memorial in remembrance of […], In 2016, Yoga was listed in the intangible cultural heritage list by UNESCO as part of Indian cultural heritage (ICH, 2018). The Castle itself is quite well maintained. Elmina castle viewed from the sea in 1668 (public domain). Visitors now come from all over the world to visit these historic sites, and to pay their respects to the many people who were taken from their homelands and forced to serve as slaves throughout the New World. If you like history, then I definitely recommend going to visit. © 2018 | Business Day Ghana | All Rights Reserved |. Elmina Castle was not built for the purpose of holding and trading slaves, it started life as a trading post for gold and other wares. The very first and the largest European building constructed for many centuries. About 30,000 slaves yearly passed through Elmina Castle until 1814 when the Dutch slave trade was abolished. The slave trade continued under the Dutch until 1814. The castle has been one of the many centres developed by Europeans for trans Atlantic slave trade. The days of the slave trade may be long gone, but the interior of the castle is still a haunting reminder of the past. Account from Jean Barbot who visited Elmina Castle in 1682 has this to say, “This castle has justly become famous for beauty and strength, having no equal on all the coasts of Guinea. Initially, Portuguese traders used Elmina castle as a base to collect gold and other goods from the African interior. One of the rusted cannons still visible today, Elmina Castle, Ghana ( Wikimedia Commons ) Jean Barbot, who authored the book, Description of the Coast of North and South Guinea (1732), visited Elmina Castle in 1682 and gave this eye witness account: “This castle has justly become famous for beauty and strength, having no equal on all the coasts of Guinea. By. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. As an example of dark heritage, I have selected the “door of no return” at Elmina castle in Ghana. Elmina & Cape Coast Castles Day Trip from Accra, Mesmerising Castle connecting with Slave history, Esi's Ghanaian Cooking Workshop: Tickets & Tours‎. It was truly a memorable experience.What I hated were the vendors right outside the museum. For example, there are several kinds of architectures on […], Introduction When a heritage site goes into media, whether movies, documentaries, or TV shows, it often helps the public to gain more knowledge and awareness about this certain heritage. Krampus – another folk tradition being exploited? The dark, airless dungeons in the basements were oppressive and received sunlight from only two tiny windows. Up to a thousand slaves could be kept in the dungeons. This makes it one of the oldest European buildings on the continent still in one piece today. Hundreds of thousands of enslaved Africans were forced to pass through this dungeon doorway that led to the slave ships that would carry them to the Caribbean islands, North America or South America. Tweet on Twitter. Stepping through the gate of the castle was reliving the days of slavery and the slave trade. American Anthropologist 98: 290-304. The days of the slave trade may be long gone, but the interior of the castle is still a haunting reminder of the past. Built by the Portuguese traders between 1482 and 1486, a white-washed Old- fashion Castle on the cost of Ghana is the Elmina Castle. The Best Of Cape Coast Tour. Is over-commercialisation bending the meaning of Yoga? From the city of Cape Coast about 13km (8 miles) along the western coast of Ghana is Elmina Castle or St. George’s Castle. The sea shell story with the names, the hustling etc. When you visit Elmina Castle you are immediately breath taken by the beauty and whiteness of the castle, especially when you visit during the warmer months. The storytelling is vivid and so is the scenery. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. More so as I had been to badagry museum in Nigeria which was built on similar lines of transatlantic Slave Trade. Elmina Castle ….the door of no return. Historic Sites, Castles, Points of Interest & Landmarks. The informative tour (included in the entry fee) takes you to the grim dungeons, punishment cells, Door of No Return and the turret room where the British imprisoned the Ashanti king, Prempeh I, for four years. The Portuguese first landed here in 1471 and started building the Castelo da Mina in 1482 as a protected trading post. good tour, good guides, peep into history, Avoid the young men that approach you as you enter or leave hassling you for money. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. An estimated fifteen percent of slaves died on the journey of malnutrition and disease. Through the protection of gold trade, the Elmina castle later developed as a point on the infamous slave triangle transporting human cargo to America and the Caribbean, and raw materials, which are cotton and rubber to Britain and manufactured goods like clothing’s and arm weapons back to the West Coast of Africa. In 1872 the Dutch Gold Coast, including the fort, became a possession of the British Empire. Not knowing what awaited them on the slave ships, those who made it to Elmina Castle were held captives in the castle’s dungeons and subjected to all kinds of indignities, torture and humiliation. Up to a thousand slaves could be kept in the dungeons. West coast afrika.This part of history makes one ashamed to be Dutch , British and European. The town of Elmina in Ghana is thought to have been the first point of contact between Europeans (with the Portuguese being the first) and sub-Saharan Africa. ( Log Out /  The very first and the largest European building constructed for many centuries. ( Log Out /  Soon, it started to serve as a slave castle. Tourism in Ghana: The representation of slavery and the return of the Black Diaspora. I took a three hour ride from Accra to Elmina Castle which is situated at the edge of a rough Atlantic Ocean. Book In Advance. Review tags are currently only available for English language reviews. Intangible cultural heritage is “tradition-based creations of a cultural community” and it is important in reflecting the cultural identity of a place or people (UNESCO, 1998:5). Built by the Portuguese traders between 1482 and 1486, a white-washed Old- fashion Castle on the cost of Ghana is the Elmina Castle. Ghana: Elmina Castle (Door of No Return) The door of no return. This Castles have been preserved as historical sites, having been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Interesting to learn that many slaves were captured during tribe skirmishes - by the different tribes, then turned over for the slave trade. 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Elmina Castle was the first trading post built on the Gulf of Guinea, so is the oldest European building in existence in suib-Saharan Africa. I took a three hour ride from Accra to Elmina Castle which is situated at the edge of a rough Atlantic Ocean. The sea shell story with the names, the hustling etc. The Castle itself is quite well maintained. Stepping through the gate of the castle was reliving the days of slavery and the slave trade. According to the research by […], St. Andrew’s Day – National Museum of Scotland. The floor was littered with human waste, making it now several inches higher than it was when originally built. An estimated fifteen percent of slaves died on the journey of malnutrition and disease. Down is the "door of no return ". The upper story is where the officers lived and worked out of. From 1637 onward, Elmina Castle became the central hub for the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade, enabling the Dutch to easily export enslaved people to Brazil and the Caribbean.