Anomabu Castle, Late Seventeenth Century
Anomabu Castle was a major British slave factory located on the Gold Coast, present day Ghana. It was by far the largest single source of slaves for transatlantic vessels on the Gold Coast, and the most important British source of slaves east of Bonny in the Bight of Biafra. It was also a major source of millet which all slave vessels from this region took on board as provisions for slaves on the transatlantic crossing. Unlike Cape Coast Castle the fort supplied only small amounts of gold. The image is of an illustration of Anomabu Castle in the late seventeenth century based on Jean Barbot’s accounts. It shows the castle with an African village situated in the background. The illustration also indicates the port guarded by the castle, the entrance of the port as well as the place to land commodities. The image is reproduced courtesy of Tracy W. McGregor Library of American History, Special Collections, University of Virginia Library. Permission required to reproduce.