Cape Corso Castle, the prospect of it on one side (top); A prospect of Cape Corso Castle on the opposite side (bottom)

Description

Both views show African houses/village in the center. Bosman described how "this is the English chief fort, which next to that of St. George d'Elmina is the largest and most beautiful on the whole coast; within it is well furnished with fine and well-built dwelling-places; before it they have also built a high turret to secure the lives of the people of the town, in case of an invasion of hostile Negroes" ( pp. 48-49). Bosman was an official of the Dutch West India Company and chief factor at Elmina. See also Christopher DeCorse, An Archaeology of Elmina: Africans and Europeans on the Gold Coast, 1400-1900 (Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001).

Source

William Bosman, A New and Accurate Description of the Coast of Guinea (London, 1705), facing p. 46, figures 4 and 5 (English translation of Bosman's Nauwkeurige Beschryving van de Guinese Goud-, Tand- en Slave-Kust. . . (Utrecht, 1704)). Copy in the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University.

Date Created

1704

Language

English

Rights

Image is in the public domain. Metadata is available under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International.

Identifier

D018

Spatial Coverage

Africa--Voltaic--Cape Coast

Citation

"Cape Corso Castle, the prospect of it on one side (top); A prospect of Cape Corso Castle on the opposite side (bottom)", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed February 23, 2020, http://www.slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/626
Both views show African houses/village in the center. Bosman described how "this is the English chief fort, which next to that of St. George d'Elmina is the largest and most beautiful on the whole coast; within it is well furnished with fine and well-built dwelling-places; before it they have also built a high turret to secure the lives of the people of the town, in case of an invasion of hostile Negroes" ( pp. 48-49). Bosman was an official of the Dutch West India Company and chief factor at Elmina. See also Christopher DeCorse, An Archaeology of Elmina: Africans and Europeans on the Gold Coast, 1400-1900 (Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001).
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