St. Georges Castle at Elmina and St. Jago, Gold Coast, late 17th cent.

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Based on Jean Barbot, A Description of the Coasts of North and South Guinea and D. O. Dapper, Description de l'Afrique . . . Traduite du Flamand (Amsterdam,1686; 1st ed., 1668), in Thomas Astley (ed.), A New General Collection of Voyages and Travels (London, 1745-47), vol. 2, plate 61, facing p. 589. (Copy in Special Collections, University of Virginia Library)

View of both forts from the sea; European and African shipping in foreground. Elmina, on the left, also called at one time St. George d'el Mina; small fort on the right is St. Jago (Coenraadsburg). This illustration also appears in Awnsham and John Churchill, A Collection of Voyages (London, 1732; vol. 5, plate 8, p. 156) in the translation of Barbot's late 17th century account.