Gold Coast, Ghana

Photos taken by David Stanley on a visit to Cape Coast and Elmina on Ghana's Gold Coast.
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The Portuguese church in St. George's Castle (1482) at Elmina, Ghana, was used as a slave-auctioning room by the Dutch. Today it is the castle's museum.

The Portuguese church in St. George's Castle at Elmina, Ghana, was used as a slave-auctioning room by the Dutch.

Coconut Grove Beach Resort near Elmina, Ghana, has a golden beach.

Discover Ghana - Historical Monuments, Trading Forts and Slave Castles

The Old Dutch Cemetery at Elmina, Ghana, contains a monument to Lieutenant J.C.W.M. Joost, a colonial official killed in a clash with Asafo Company warriors in 1872.

The Old Dutch Cemetery at Elmina, Ghana, contains a monument to Lieutenant J. Joost, a colonial official killed in a clash with Asafo Company warriors in

The back streets of Elmina, Ghana, buzz with local life.

The back streets of Elmina, Ghana, buzz with local life.

The Benya Lagoon at Elmina, Ghana, is literally packed with pirogues and surrounded by a vast fish market.

The Benya Lagoon at Elmina, Ghana, is literally packed with pirogues and surrounded by a vast fish market.

St. George's Castle (1482) at Elmina, Ghana, overlooks the Benya Lagoon and its bustling fish market.

George's Castle at Elmina, Ghana, overlooks the Benya Lagoon and its bustling fish market.

St. George's Castle (1482) in Elmina, Ghana, is one of the oldest European structures in sub-Saharan Africa.

George's Castle in Elmina, Ghana, is one of the oldest European structures in sub-Saharan Africa.

A net full of fish on the beach at Cape Coast, Ghana.

A net full of fish on the beach at Cape Coast, Ghana.

A local get together at Coconut Grove Beach Resort near Elmina, Ghana.

A local get together at Coconut Grove Beach Resort near Elmina, Ghana.

A colorfully-painted taxi awaits passengers at Elmina, Ghana.

A colorfully-painted taxi awaits passengers at Elmina, Ghana.

A statue of Supi Kwamina Essilfie stands in front of the Asafo company shrine or posuban at Elmina, Ghana. The Asafo were traditional warriors of the Akan ethnic group.

A statue of Supi Kwamina Essilfie stands in front of the Asafo company shrine or posuban at Elmina, Ghana. The Asafo were traditional warriors of the Akan ethnic group.

Saint Josephs Catholic Mission stands on a hilltop above Elmina, Ghana.

Saint Josephs Catholic Mission stands on a hilltop above Elmina, Ghana.

The Dutch built the Fort St. Jago (1652) at Elmina, Ghana, to control the landward approach to their main base at St. George's Castle.

The Dutch built the Fort St. Jago at Elmina, Ghana, to control the landward approach to their main base at St.

Ghana's south coast faces the Gulf of Guinea at Elmina.

Ghana's south coast faces the Gulf of Guinea at Elmina.

The fishing boats and markets around the Benya Lagoon at Elmina, Ghana, present a colorful scene.

The fishing boats and markets around the Benya Lagoon at Elmina, Ghana, present a colorful scene.

St. George's Castle (1482) at Elmina, Ghana, faces the Gulf of Guinea.

George's Castle at Elmina, Ghana, faces the Gulf of Guinea.

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