Cape Coast

Cape Coast

Cape Coast, or Cabo Corso, is the capital of the Central Region of Ghana. It is situated 165 km west of Accra on the Gulf of Guinea. It has a population of 82,291 (2000 census). From the 16th century the city has changed hands between the British, the Portuguese, the Swedish, the Danish, and the Dutch. The city was originally known as Oguaa.

Founded by the Portuguese in the 15th century, Cape Coast grew around Cape Coast Castle, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was converted to a castle by the Dutch in 1637, then expanded by the Swedes in 1652 and captured by the British in 1664. The British based their Gold Coast operations in the town until Accra became their capital in 1877. Cape Coast was also where most of the slaves were held before there journey on the Middle Passage.

The town's symbol is a crab and a statue of one lies in the city center. Fort William, built in 1820, was an active lighthouse from 1835 to the 1970s, while Fort Victoria was built in 1702. Other attractions include the Cape Coast Centre for National Culture, the Oguaa Fetu Afahye harvest festival, and, since 1992, the biennial Panafest theatre festival.


Journeys trips that include Cape Coast:

West Africa: Ghana, Togo, Benin from March 25-April 8, 2008 with Will and Joan Weber 


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