Cape Coast Castle, Gold Coast, 1727

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This record was last updated on 09 Aug 2010

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Based on William Smith, A New Voyage to Guinea (1744) in Thomas Astley (ed.), A New General Collection of Voyages and Travels (London, 1745-47), vol. 2, plate 65, facing p. 605. (Copy in Special Collections, University of Virginia Library)

Top, "East Prospect of Cape Corse, or Coast Castle, by Mr. Smith, 1727"; inset shows location of features surrounding castle, e.g., the town, various paths. Bottom, "North West Prospect of the Same"; inset is a plan of the castle, showing gun placements, warehouses, barracks, etc. The two views of the fort and the inset plan were separately published in William Smith, Thirty Different Drafts of Guinea (London, 1727); one of the views is also shown on this website, image "mariners22". Smith made his survey of forts for the Royal African Company.