Cape Coast Castle, Republic of Ghana stamp, c 100

country: Republic of Ghana
topic: Cape Coast Castle
theme: buildings
type of stamp: postal stamp
color: multicolored
postal value: c 100

Cape Coast Castle is a fortification in Ghana built by Swedish traders. The first timber construction on the site was erected in 1653 for the Swedish Africa Company and named Carolusborg after King Charles X of Sweden. It was later rebuilt in stone.
In April 1663 the whole Swedish Gold Coast was seized by the Danes, and integrated in the Danish Gold Coast. In 1664 the Castle was conquered by the English and was extensively rebuilt by the Committee of Merchants (whose Governors administered the entire British colony) in the late 18th century. It became the seat of the colonial Government of the British Gold Coast in 1844.
The Castle was built for trading timber and gold. Later, the structure was used in the trans-Atlantic slave trade (also know as the Slave Castle of Cape Coast). The Castle, was first restored in the 1920's by the British Public Works Department. (source: Wikipedia, read more about Cape Coast Cast on Wikipedia)

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