JOURNEY TO THE OLDEST CASTLE WITH A GRIM PAST, ELMINA
If walls can talk, then the ones at the Elmina castle, have a lot to tell. Of the horror, death, team, and
blood that was shed by free-born turn captives.
It is the oldest castle in Ghana and sub-Saharan Africa. It was built in 1482 originally to protect the gold
trade but later migrated to the slave trade when it was captured by the Dutch in 1637 and it continued
even after the British took over in 1800. Here are some of the notable tourist sites at the castle
The male dungeon
This is the place where male slaves were kept. A careful look at the ground of the dungeon reveals the
fecal waste, tears, and blood of slaves that have hardened over time. This is where they were fed to
sustain them till they wait for the ship to take them into exile.
This is the place female slaves were kept. Some even nursed pregnancy from rape within these walls till
they gave birth. This is the last place of rest on African soil until the ships come for them.
This place is located right above the slave dungeons. It served as a place of worship for the slave
masters. The design of the chapel was in a way that, when in the chapel, one could hear the tears of the
pain of the slaves but no help arrived
This was the abode of the governor during that era. It has a hall, a bedroom and all the luxury bequeath
a person of high status at the expense of the slaves. History has it that, a lot of female slaves were taken
advantage of within this abode
The gate of no return
This is where slaves pass through dungeons to arrive at the door that leads out of the castle. It is called
the door of no return because slaves who used those routes or doors were never to return to Africa.
Other sites of tourism include the prison where the king of Asante was kept, the hall where healthy
slaves are auctioned, the area where branding on slaves was done and so many more. Hopefully, this
article serves as a place for searching for one's roots as you embark on a trip to the castle to learn more