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Forts and Castles, Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 1482-1786
Date of Inscription: 1979
Location: Africa, Ghana, Central and Western Regions, Greater Accra, Volta
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Description: Along the coast of Ghana between Keta and Beyin, the remnants of fortified trading-posts (1482-1786) can still be seen. They were links in the trade routes that the Portuguese established in various areas around the world during their great maritime exploration era. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Forts and Castles, Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions is the collective designation of Western-style fortifications and outposts (mostly Portuguese, Dutch and British) along the Gold Coast (modern-day Ghana) during the colonial period. The term specifically applies to 11 ensembles designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979: Elmina Castle, Elmina; Fort Saint Antony, Axim; English Fort (Fort Vrendenburg), Komenda; Fort Metal Cross, Dixcove; Fort San Sebastian, Shama; Fort Batenstein, Butri; Fort St. Jago (Fort Conraadsburg), Elmina; Fort Amsterdam, Abandze; Fort Patience (Fort Leysaemhyt), Apam; Cape Coast Castle, Cape Coast; Fort Good Hope (Fort Goedehoop), Senya Beraku. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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