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Cape Coast Castle
Cape Coast Castle is a fortification in Ghana built by Swedish traders for trade in timber and gold. Later the structure was used in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The first timber construction on the site was erected in 1653 on the order of Hendrik Carloff for the Swedish Africa Company and named Carolusborg after King Charles X of Sweden. It was later rebuilt in stone. In April 1663 the whole Swedish Gold Coast was seized by the Danes, and integrated in the Danish Gold Coast.
Tourism Architecture Cultural Heritage Historical Landmarks UNESCO World Heritage Site West Africa African History Coastal Towns Colonialism Atlantic Ocean African Architecture African Diaspora