- • Ancient Castles
- • Dungeons
Visit the coast of Ghana, and you will find a myriad of ancient castles and forts. Slaves were kept at Cape Coast Castle in dungeons while awaiting transport to the new world. Around 1000 male slaves and 500 female slaves occupied the castle at any one time in separate dungeons. Each slave would be locked up for 6 to 12 weeks, waiting for their turn to board one of the ships.
The dungeons must have been unbearable with hundreds of slaves crammed in together and no toilet facilities. There were only a few windows to let in fresh air, and a channel down the middle to carry away urine and feces which completely covered the floor of the dungeons.
The nearby Elmina Castle, also a major European slave trade fort, was established 155 years earlier than Cape Coast Castle.