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               Elmina Castle

Elmina Castle, around 8 km west of Cape Coast

The entrance gate to the castle

Elmina Castle was built is 1482 by the Portuguese

During the centuries it became the center for the slave trade (it was known as the slave castle in these days)

It is the earliest known European structure in the tropics

Hundreds of thousands of slaves passed through the dungeons

Nowadays you can only find lizards in there

The bay between Elmina and Cape Coast

Traditional fishing boats

Elmina is an important traditional fishing harbour

Fort St. Jago on the hill opposite Elmina Castle

The coast...

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