Cape Coast Castle, 1727
Cape Coast Castle was the largest British establishment located on the Gold Coast, present day Ghana. The castle protected the British slave trade from other competing European powers in West Africa. The image is of an illustration of Cape Coast Castle based on William Smith’s “A New Voyage to Guinea” published in 1744. It shows the east aspect of the castle in the upper section of the illustration and the north-west side in the lower section. The illustration has also two inserts. The first, located on the right corner in the upper section, indicates the location of Cape Coast on the Gold Coast, while the second insert, on the left corner in the lower section, shows a plan of the castle. The image is reproduced courtesy of Tracy W. McGregor Library of American History, Special Collections, University of Virginia Library. Permission required to reproduce.