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Cape Coast Castle

This is my last full weekend in Ghana. I cannot believe that my time here is almost up. Earlier this morning, I saw Roland (another coordinator of the program residing in the Accra house). He was visiting some family and friends in Cape Coast this weekend so he stopped by the house to say hi. It was very good to see him again after only interacting with him for a day in the beginning of the program! After lunch, I set out on my adventure of the city. I am definitely much more familiar with different streets and areas in Cape Coast so I’m more comfortable walking around on my own. I always like to greet people here by saying “good morning/afternoon” as I pass them by. Usually, everyone is very kind and they will warmly greet you back. At the town center today, there was a junior league soccer match going on and many people were spectating the match. I only watched for a minute or so because it was quite hot and humid today. Normally, there’s a cool breeze that travels but not today. After the game, I progressed to the Cape Coast Castle where Kofi, our tour guide, gave us an in depth tour of the castle. I’ll give a brief summary but I highly recommend reading more info about the history of the castle if you’re curious. The castle was built in 1653 (Elmina was built in 1482) by the Portuguese. Many slaves were held in the castle in extremely brutal conditions before being sent off to Europe and America (trans-Atlantic slave trade). Majority of these slaves would never return home. Slaves who tried to escape would either be beaten or put in a death cell. After they died, their body would be taken to the Gulf of Guinea. Former U.S. president Barack Obama visited the castle during his presidency. You can watch a video on YouTube and see his reaction. A major difference between this castle and Elmina lies in the architecture and design. Also, as mentioned earlier, they were built 150 years apart. Furthermore, Elmina castle participated in the trading of gold and other resources whereas Cape Coast castle only dealt with slave trading. Other than that, the history is very similar. Kofi brought up a very good point towards the end of our tour. While this castle explains history from a few centuries back, it’s important to note that slavery still exists today and we must treat people equally to avoid such injustice on humanity. After the castle, I walked around Cape Coast a little more and mingled with some locals. It’s been great getting to know them and they seem to enjoy learning some facts about Ohio. I am very tired from all the walking today so I will sign off here and will see you all tomorrow as I embark on a few more adventures!

A picture of the courtyard. You’ll notice that the design is different than Elmina castle. The concept is similar though where slaves stayed in the bottom and the governors would reside at the top. The graves in the bottom of the picture are from the governors of the castle.

A picture of some cannons. The water view was quite nice but it was hard again to enjoy the view.

This is a picture of the female slave dungeon. More than 200 females would live in this small area back in the days. There was no lighting and the window (in the back) was their only source of ventilation. Many slaves also succumbed to different diseases such as malaria and would die due to no treatment options.

These are some fishing boats. I’ve never seen so many boats lined up like this before so this was very cool to see!

A view from the governors bedroom. In addition, the governor would also receive wooded flooring whereas slaves slept on the hard cement floor.

7/27/19

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  1. Good to read the history of the Castle. Nice pics.
    I see US and UK flags on those fishing boats? Any significance of these flags of various countries?

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  2. So, your stay at Cape Town is nearing it’s end. I shall miss these daily dozes but I hope you shall continue writing about some tit bits from your routine back home. I feel every day has something special and different to talk about how so ever it might be.
    Slave tradition… Do you know we have references of this tradition in our Indian mythological stories too. The most talked about and known example is the story of Satyavadi raja Harshchndra..

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    1. I never thought I would get into blogging but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing these posts. It allows me to reflect on my day and deeply analyze certain things that I may have come across. It’s very possible I might continue these blogs but they may not be on a daily basis.

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      1. And you know how happy your blogging made me. Yes, I know it would be difficult to pen down here on daily basis as you have a busy routine to follow but do whenever you can. Reliving the experiences while penning them down certainly adds more understanding to many aspects of it. The exercise makes the experience fuller, richer.

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