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photoblog image Slave Trade Series: Fort Elmina

Slave Trade Series: Fort Elmina

Elmina Castle, constructed to protect Portuguese trade from European competitors and hostile Africans. The Portuguese were the first to Ghana in 1471. Under the patronage of Prince Henry the Navigator, they had reached the area that was to become known as the Gold Coast because Europeans knew the area as the source of gold that reached Muslim North Africa by way of trade routes across the Sahara. The initial Portuguese interest in trading for gold, ivory, and pepper so increased that in 1482 the Portuguese built their first permanent trading post on the western coast of present-day Ghana.

With the opening of European plantations in the New World during the 1500s, which suddenly expanded the demand for slaves in the Americas, trade in slaves soon overshadowed gold as the principal export of the area. Indeed, the west coast of Africa became the principal source of slaves for the New World. The seemingly insatiable market and the substantial profits to be gained from the slave trade attracted adventurers from all over Europe.

Slaving forts, such as James Fort, Sierre Leone and Cape Coast were a vital feature of the slave trade, and served as a central clearinghouse where slavers could exchange material trade goods for human chattel. Thirty-six of the forty-two known slaving fortresses were located in Ghana.

 http://www.ghana.co.uk/history/history/slave_trade.htm

Slave Trade Series: Fort Elmina

Elmina Castle, constructed to protect Portuguese trade from European competitors and hostile Africans. The Portuguese were the first to Ghana in 1471. Under the patronage of Prince Henry the Navigator, they had reached the area that was to become known as the Gold Coast because Europeans knew the area as the source of gold that reached Muslim North Africa by way of trade routes across the Sahara. The initial Portuguese interest in trading for gold, ivory, and pepper so increased that in 1482 the Portuguese built their first permanent trading post on the western coast of present-day Ghana.

With the opening of European plantations in the New World during the 1500s, which suddenly expanded the demand for slaves in the Americas, trade in slaves soon overshadowed gold as the principal export of the area. Indeed, the west coast of Africa became the principal source of slaves for the New World. The seemingly insatiable market and the substantial profits to be gained from the slave trade attracted adventurers from all over Europe.

Slaving forts, such as James Fort, Sierre Leone and Cape Coast were a vital feature of the slave trade, and served as a central clearinghouse where slavers could exchange material trade goods for human chattel. Thirty-six of the forty-two known slaving fortresses were located in Ghana.

 http://www.ghana.co.uk/history/history/slave_trade.htm

comments (18)

  • Idefix
  • Germany
  • 17 Jul 2006, 10:22
great shot. I think I may have called it "symmetry of decay" - there are two pictures, the one I look at before rading your comments, which is a well executed "artistic" shot with a good perspective and great lines, and then another shot I see after reading the text, when it gains a different, darker meaning. Your photos always make me think. Thanks for that.
E Etomi: Cool title. Thanks for the comment
  • Adura
  • London
  • 17 Jul 2006, 10:47
Very artistic shot dear...
E Etomi: Thanks Dury
  • Mona
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Jul 2006, 11:04
very very nice xx
E Etomi: Thanks madam
  • incubus
  • Europe
  • 17 Jul 2006, 11:16
WOW!!! AMAZING!
E Etomi: Isn't it? Many more shots to come
Nice shot...wonder what it looks like in color
E Etomi: Not far from this actually.
  • Temidayo
  • London
  • 17 Jul 2006, 12:47
Interesting shot!!
E Etomi: Temi deeee. Thanks smile
  • sk
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Jul 2006, 12:47
nice shot Etomi. slavery is a very shameful occurence in human history
E Etomi: I know, the stories are very depressing and inhumane.
how many memories of a great trip in Togo, Ghana and benin... great shot etomi.. only I don't like very much the sky: it's "noisy"..
E Etomi: Yeah somewhere in the processin git became noisy but I kind of like it. It adds to the mood
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 17 Jul 2006, 13:34
Good shot. The sky may be noisy, but in black and white it looks like film grain, from this image size at least, and I think it actually adds to the shot. Thanks for telling the story behind this place.
E Etomi: Yes, I thought so too. Thanks
It is much the same story with India. Portugese wee the first ones to get here too. Later the Brits came, initially for buiness and then they enslaved the entire nation...I guess a better strategy than taking slaves back home.
E Etomi: Well it progressed to that after the slave trade until each country gained independence.
  • atunbi
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Jul 2006, 13:48
a bit of history lesson as well.... you go girl
E Etomi: Thanks Atunbi
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Jul 2006, 15:16
Good history to go with the shot.

Very well taken and an absolutely good idea to convert to monochrome. Did you add a little grain. very good.

Absolutely stonking shot.

One little little little niggle though.... You have more of the image on the right of the image than on the left, sort of makes it feel very lob sided.

Apart from that. Well done.

Suby
  • Mari
  • United States
  • 17 Jul 2006, 16:58
cool shot. cant wait to see the rest.
  • deji77
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Jul 2006, 20:17
Loving this shot E. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
  • Barbara
  • Nigeria
  • 17 Jul 2006, 23:21
This going to be a good series..I look forward to the rest...
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 27 Jul 2006, 12:38
Fantastic series indeed.

A look at a horrible chapter in world history.

I think the shot is great in monotone.
  • Yẹni
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 Aug 2006, 08:50
I have been to Elmina myself about 5 years ago when I was doing some work for Ghana Airways... Most of the stuff I shot was on film...I am going back though hopeful in 2 months time
I live about 20 minutes from Elmina...Abi and I was there recently about a week ago...look out for images on the elmina castle..

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