Royal Commonwealth Society : Alan Rudwick collection

Royal Commonwealth Society

<p>Loose photographs taken by Alan Rudwick unless otherwise indicated. All photographs are 215 x 165 mm unless otherwise stated. They fall into two groups; photographs of trade castles (1-28) and other views, chiefly of Achimota. Along the West Africa coast are the remains of more than 40 castles and fortified posts set up by European nations engaged in trade with West Africa, the greatest concentration being in what became the Gold Coast, now Ghana. The order of the entries follows their position from west to east along the coast. The castles represented in numerical order of the photographs: Princestown: Gross-Friedrichsburg (1) - this castle was the headquarters of the Brandenburg merchants and was begun in 1683; Dixcove Fort (2) - an English fort was begun on this spot in the 1690s; it has endured many sieges and has undergone a great deal of rebuilding; Elmina: St George's Castle (3-11) - this site was first occupied by the Portuguese in 1482, passed into Dutch hands in 1637 and was sold to Britain in 1872. It has undergone many architectural changes in this period; Elmina: Fort St Jago (12-14) - this stands on a hill near Elmina Castle: it was fortified by the Dutch in the 1630s and the present building was begun in the 1660s; Cape Coast Castle (15-17) - this was the main English castle and its construction dates from the 1770s; Anomaboe: Fort William (18-21) - this British fort was begun in 1753. Its eastern block is now used as rest house, and the northern as a post office; Cormantin: Fort Amsterdam (22-23) - the fort was built by the Dutch in the 17th Century; Christiansborg [now Accra] (24-28) - this castle is on a site which was originally built on by the Swedes, occupied by the Dutch, and taken by the Danes in 1661. It was gradually developed into a major building, but was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1872, 12 years after the British had bought the Danish possessions. It eventually became Government House for the Gold Coast and was substantially rebuilt.</p>


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