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Elmina Castle

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Castle
Location type: Castle
Number of texts: 2
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Made by Dromos
Made by Dromos

Elmina Castle was erected by Portugal in 1482. It was the first trading post built on the Gulf of Guinea. This makes it the oldest European building in existence below the Sahara.

First established as a trade settlement, the castle later became one of the most important stops on the route of the Atlantic Slave Trade. The slave trade continued under the Dutch until 1814.

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Linked themes: Crime and justice, Geography, History

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Made by Dromos
Made by Dromos

Elmina Castle is one of the trade forts along the coast of Ghana. These forts and castles, established between 1482 and 1786, were put on the UNESCO Cultural Heritage List in 1979.

Linked themes: History, World heritage

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