Fort Amsterdam, Ghana World Heritage Site

Fort in Kormantin, Ghana

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Fort Amsterdam
Part of Dutch Gold Coast
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Fort Amsterdam
Fort Amsterdam is located in Ghana
Fort Amsterdam
Fort Amsterdam
Coordinates5°11′32″N 1°05′35″W / 5.192222°N 1.093056°W / 5.192222; -1.093056Coordinates: 5°11′32″N 1°05′35″W / 5.192222°N 1.093056°W / 5.192222; -1.093056
Site history
Built1638 (1638)
Garrison information
OccupantsEnglish (1631-1665)
Netherlands (1665-1868)
LocationAbandze, Central Region, Ghana
Part ofForts and Castles, Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions
CriteriaCultural: (vi)
Reference34-004
Inscription1979 (3rd session)

Fort Amsterdam, a World Heritage Site is a fort in Kormantin, Central region, Ghana. It was built by the English between 1638 and 1645 as Fort Cormantin or Fort Courmantyne, and was captured by admiral Michiel de Ruyter of the Dutch West India Company in 1665,[1]in retaliation for the capture of several Dutch forts by the English Admiral Holmes in 1664.[2] It was subsequently made part of the Dutch Gold Coast, and remained part of it until the fort was traded with the British in 1868. The Fort is located at Abandze ,on the north-east of Cape Coast in the Mfantseman District of the Central Region of Ghana.

  1. ^ "Ghana Museums & Monuments Board". www.ghanamuseums.org.
  2. ^ Anquandah, James. (1999). Castles & forts of Ghana. Atalante: Ghana Museums & Monuments Board. ISBN 2951390106. OCLC 41624572.

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