Cape Coast Castle is one of about forty “slave castles”, or large commercial forts, built on the Gold Coast of West Africa (now Ghana) by European traders. It was originally a Portuguese trading post, established in 1650s, which they named Cabo Corso. The castle shifted into Danish, Dutch and English possession by the 1660s. In the castle’s early decades, trade revolved around gold, wood, and textiles before English merchants began to seek captive Africans in large numbers.
The Castle has been visited by many celebrities, dignitaries, World Leaders and individuals who have walked through the dungeons and court-yard of this historical site. WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA VISITED GHANA’S Cape Coast Castle in July, 2009, he remarked that “it reminds us of the capacity of human beings to commit great evil.”
Go on a comprehensive guided tour of this castle where you get to learn and see how It served as prisons and embarkation points for slaves en route to the Americas (the Caribbean, South America, and the U.S.). Thousands of enslaved Africans from regions near and far, sometimes hundreds of miles away, were taken to these castles and passed through the “Door of No Return” to be sold to slave ships.