Cape Coast Castle, on ye Gold Coast of Guinea
This image seems to be one of several variations of a 1682 engraving of Cape Coast Castle in the Voltaic region originally drawn by Henry Greenhill (1646-1708). Greenhill was appointed Governor of the Gold Coast by the Royal African Company. In the 1690s, an account of the Royal African Company's forts in West Africa, reported that "among the facilities at Cape Coast Castle were repositories to contain one thousand Negroes, and vaults for rum, work-houses for smiths, armourers, and carpenters; seventy four great guns. . . pinnaces and cannoes attending the castle and garrison. . . gardens and grounds producing all necessaries for the factories and shipping. . . also ponds of fresh water" (see A Particular of the Royal African Company's Forts and Castles in Africa (London, ca. 1698)). A copy of this image is held in the British Library. See other reproductions in P.E.H. Hair, Adam Jones, and Robin Law, Barbot on Guinea [1678-1712] (London, 1992), vol. 2, after p. 392 and associated text. See also image D007.
James Walvin, Slavery and the Slave Trade (Univ. Press of Mississippi, 1983), p. 30; original source not identified.
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