GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Cape Coast is the capital of the Central Region, in southern Ghana. It is known for its role in the transatlantic slave trade. Overlooking the Gulf of Guinea, the Cape Coast Castle is a large whitewashed fort built by the Swedish in the 17th century. It was later used by the British as a holding prison for slaves. Inside, the Castle Museum has exhibits on pre-colonial local history, the slave trade and traditional crafts.

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CAPE COAST CASTLE

The Cape Coast Castle is one of about forty ""slave castles"", or large commercial forts, built on the Gold Coast of West Africa by European traders.

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CITY CENTER

The crab is the city's mascot (a statue of a crab stands in the city centre). Apart from the Cape Coast Castle, other attractions include Fort William, built in 1820, and Fort Victoria, built in 1702. The city also boasts a series of Asafo Shrines, and the "Cape Coast Centre for National Culture".

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FORT VICTORIA

Fort Victoria was constructed in 1821 on the site of a ruined fort built in 1712, perched on a hill on the western part of Cape Coast. The fort overlooks both the Atlantic Ocean and the historic town. Fort Victoria was used as an outlook post for signalling purposes.

CAPE COAST CASTLE

Ghana -Central Region-Cape Coast-Cape Coast Castle-994 COVER

The Cape Coast Castle is one of about forty ""slave castles"", or large commercial forts, built on the Gold Coast of West Africa by European traders.

CITY CENTER

Ghana -Central Region-Cape Coast-City-988 COVER

The crab is the city's mascot (a statue of a crab stands in the city centre). Apart from the Cape Coast Castle, other attractions include Fort William, built in 1820, and Fort Victoria, built in 1702. The city also boasts a series of Asafo Shrines, and the "Cape Coast Centre for National Culture".

FORT VICTORIA

Ghana -Central Region-Cape Coast-Fort Victoria-1000 COVER

Fort Victoria was constructed in 1821 on the site of a ruined fort built in 1712, perched on a hill on the western part of Cape Coast. The fort overlooks both the Atlantic Ocean and the historic town. Fort Victoria was used as an outlook post for signalling purposes.

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