Copper Engraving. Plate 210 x 311mm. 8¼ x 12¼". Vertical fold through centre.
From Prévost d'Exile's "Histoire des Voyages". São Jorge da Mina Castle in Elmina, Ghana, was constructed by the Portuguese. It was the first trading post built on the Gulf of Guinea, so is the oldest European building in existence below the Sahara. It became one of the most important stops on the route of the Atlantic Slave Trade. In 1637 the Dutch seized the fort from the Portuguese and took over all the Portuguese Gold Coast in 1642. In 1872 the Dutch Gold Coast, including the fort, became a possession of the British Empire; Britain granted the Gold Coast its independence in 1957.
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