The door of no return the history of cape coast castle and the atlantic slave trade william st clair on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers the grim history of the slave trade from africa is one that has had an impact on generations of people all over the world while much of the initial voyage and inhumane treatment of slavery has been historically analyzed. Later rebuilt in stone the castle along with its surrounding area was the site of the european struggle for domination of the major sea ports along the atlantic coast of africa seized by the danish in 1663 the cape coast castle was quickly transferred to english control one year later. Focusing primarily on cape coast castle the african headquarters of the british slave trade from 1664 1807 this thought provoking account tells the story of the people who lived worked or were imprisoned within its walls the soldiers stationed there the negotiations with local african leaders and the deadly diseases inside the compound. Take a close look at the coast of ghana and you will find myriad ancient castles and forts marking the beginning of the slaves perilous journey during the era of the slave trade these fortresses were the last memory slaves had of their homeland before being shipped off across the atlantic never to return again read more about the shocking history of ghanas slave fortresses and their . Cape coast castle is one of about forty slave castles or large commercial forts built on the gold coast of west africa now ghana by european traders it was originally built by the swedes for trade in timber and gold but later used in the trans atlantic slave trade other ghanaian slave castles include elmina castle and fort christiansborg
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