James Fort, Accra, Gold Coast

James Fort was built by the English in 1673. The layout is similar to many contemporary forts in Europe - but note the 'slave holes'.

Around this time, other European nations were also building forts along the Gold Coast - which were used both to house the captured Africans before they were shipped to the colonies and for buying and selling other commodities.

MPG 1/228 (1756)



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