Tourism: Kwame Ansong showcases Slave River and Door of No Return on Wonders of Africa zoom conference

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It was the final link in the slavery route from northern Ghana and was known to have been the largest slave market for the merchant supplying slaves on the forts and castles on the coast.

Kwame Ansong of Sunseekers Tours Ltd presented the Slave River and the Door of No Return as one of Ghana’s most visited tourist attractions in the country.

According to him, the Trans – Atlantic slave trade was so named because, manufactured goods like (tobacco, spirits, beads, cloths, guns etc.) were taken from Europe to Africa in exchange of human beings.

Then the exchanged goods (human beings) are shipped to work on plantations and mines. The transport of the slaves from Africa to America forms the middle passage of the triangular trade.

The Memorial Wall of Return is where most Africans write their names on the wall indicating they have found their root.

Former slaves from the Americas, Samuel Carson from the USA & Crystal from Jamaica, were re-interred here in 1998.
On the way to the coastal dungeon, the slave merchants stopped at the DONKOR NSUO, ”the slave river”, in Assin Manso.

After sorting, the fit ones were sent to the forts along the coast, where they were locked up in cells for months before “shipment” across the Atlantic, to an unknown place.

Cape Coast Castle is the largest of the buildings which contains the legacy of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
. One of the most well known parts of Cape Coast Castle, that you can visit today, is the “Door of No Return,” which led slaves out of the castle and onto the ships setting off on the Middle Passage.

Their boat journeys could last several months, and an estimated 15 percent of slaves died aboard, en route.

The British governor and officers’ quarters were spacious and airy, with beautiful parquet floors and scenic views of the blue waters of Atlantic while the African slaves were kept below in prison and dungeons.

The castle only underwent considerable restoration work in the early 1990s with the help of donor funds, and is currently a well-visited museum and historical site.

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