I’m in Cape Coast, Ghana

My trip to Cape Coast was successful.

Landscape on Road From Accra to Cape Coast, Ghana Landscape on Road From Accra to Cape Coast, Ghana

I stayed at a nice hotel on top of a hill called the Prospect Lodge. I met a nice guy on the bus named ???. Ghana overall has much less litter than the other West African countries I’ve visited so far, due to a government campaign to get people to dispose of litter properly along with the trash pickup at least in major cities like Accra.

Cape Coast, Ghana

Cape Coast has a main street. I walked from the hotel past a statue of a crab down to the port area and then past a lagoon in search of a vegetarian restaurant called Assase Pa currently closed for renovation. Instead I ended up at the Castle Restaurant where I ate redred, a bean dish.

It was a dark and somewhat stormy night, at least in the sense of rough seas. A guy wandering on the beach, saw me and came in to sit by me in the restaurant. By now, I’ve grown suspicious of most unsolicited encounters and I was right to be suspicious of this one. After awhile, he made his pitch for 2 cedis, i.e. more than US$2! I just told him “no? and he wandered off. I walked back to the hotel to find the jeans I’d washed already quite stinky with a mold or something from the moisture.

The following day I headed off to Elmina to visit the slave fort there. On a nearby hill is Fort St. Jago (first picture below).

Fort St. Jago, Elmina, Ghana Entrance Sign to Elmina Fort, Elmina, Ghana Approaching Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana

Neighborhood of Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana Entrance of Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana Moat of Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana

Bridge Over Moat of Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana Crest and Dedication on Exterior Wall of Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana Elmina History, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana

Description of Dutch Trading Hall, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana Elmina History, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana Picture of St Georges Castle, Elmina Slave Fort Museum, Elmina, Ghana

Picture of St Georges Castle, Elmina Slave Fort Museum, Elmina, Ghana Picture of St Georges Castle, Elmina Slave Fort Museum, Elmina, Ghana Entrance to Female Slave Dungeon, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana

Courtyard Windows, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana Courtyard, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana Barred Doors Visible From Courtyard, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana

Barred Doors Visible From Courtyard, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana Cistern in Courtyard, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana Slave Cells, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana

Slave Cells, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana Slave Cells, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana Original Bars on Slave Cells, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana

I Think This Shows Markings Made by Slaves on Slave Cell Floor, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana Cannonball in Courtyard, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana Stairs From Courtyard to Wardens Lookout, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana

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Door of No Return, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana Door of No Return, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana Door of No Return, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana

Pondering Size of Passage From Slave Cells, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana Looking Through the Door of No Return, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana Probably Dutch Grave Marker, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana

Portuguese Chapel in Courtyard, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana Courtyard Entrance Above Magazine, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana Courtyard Entrances to Male Slave Dungeon and Female Slave Dungeon, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana

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Slave Cell for Slaves Condemned to Death by Starvation, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana

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Inland View From Upper Level Roof Terrace, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana Interior Courtyard View From Upper Level Roof Terrace, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana Coastal View From Upper Level Roof Terrace, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana

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Old Sun Dial, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana Old Cannon, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana View From Window of Cell of King Prempeh, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana

Dark Photo of Dutch Sign, Upper Level Room, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana Sign for Governors Kitchen, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana Governors Kitchen, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana

View From Upper Level, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana View on Upper Level, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana Trap Door on Upper Level, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana

Governors Chambers, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana Governors Chambers, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana View From Governors Chambers, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana

View From Governors Chambers, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana Stairwell From Governors Chambers, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana

Renovation of Asafo Shrines, Elmina Slave Fort Exhibit, Elmina, Ghana Renovation of Asafo Shrines, Elmina Slave Fort Exhibit, Elmina, Ghana Renovation of Dutch Cemetery, Elmina Slave Fort Exhibit, Elmina, Ghana

View Onto Balcony, Elmina Slave Fort, Elmina, Ghana

Then I returned to Cape Coast to visit another slave fort, where i met some friendly travelers.

Sign for Cape Coast Slave Fort, Cape Coast, Ghana Entrance to Male Slave Dungeon, Cape Coast Slave Fort, Cape Coast, Ghana Male Slave Dungeon, Cape Coast Slave Fort, Cape Coast, Ghana

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Door of No Return, Cape Coast Slave Fort, Cape Coast, Ghana Door of No Return, Cape Coast Slave Fort, Cape Coast, Ghana View Outside Door of No Return, Cape Coast Slave Fort, Cape Coast, Ghana

Courtyard, Cape Coast Slave Fort, Cape Coast, Ghana Cell, Cape Coast Slave Fort, Cape Coast, Ghana Open Cell With Wreaths, Cape Coast Slave Fort, Cape Coast, Ghana

Marks Made by Slave Prisoners on Cell Floor, Cape Coast Slave Fort, Cape Coast, Ghana Courtyard, Cape Coast Slave Fort, Cape Coast, Ghana Entrance to Male Slave Dungeon, Cape Coast Slave Fort, Cape Coast, Ghana

Male Slave Dungeon, Cape Coast Slave Fort, Cape Coast, Ghana

The forts are quite understandably run-down yet the history of slavery there is quite palpable, the horrific role of the colonizers as inescapable as the slave forts themselves. The museums, especially at Cape Coast, were also impressive.

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On to Kumasi…

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