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Elmina Castle

Being the first trading post built on the Gulf of Guinea and the oldest European building in existence south of the Sahara, the Elmina castle built by the Portuguese in 1482, purposefully for trade settlement, later became an important stop on the route of the Atlantic slave trade. 

The men were separated from the women within the castle as well as confinement cells (small pitch-black spaces) for prisoners who revolted or were seen as rebellious. Once the slaves set foot in the castle, they could spend up to three months in captivity under these dreadful conditions before being shipped off to the New World. 

The first and oldest building of the Europeans in the South Sahara.

The door of no return which served as the last exit for slaves in Ghana

A cell for Slaves