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A story about the Historic Castles and Forts Located in Ghana which where known for Trans-Atlantic Slave Trades, African Diaspora e.t.c

Save Africa's Oldest Forts and Castles with Slave History. Dear Backers, I am France Maes, a French Canadian Explorer for more than 30 years, I will like to share a new a project with you. My project is about making a film documentary about one of Africa's oldest forts and castles notable with rich slave history. These forts and castles along the coast of Ghana date back to the 15th Century and were built and occupied at different times by the European traders and adventurers from Portugal, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Holland, Germany and Britain to safeguard trading posts.

Several of them changed hands on numerous occasions in the bloody battles or by treaty, and all have fascinating history.

1. CAPE COAST CASTLE

Cabo Corso,’ meaning ‘short cape’, is the name the Portuguese settled on for the local settlement within which its trade lodge was built in 1555.
Cabo Corso,’ meaning ‘short cape’, is the name the Portuguese settled on for the local settlement within which its trade lodge was built in 1555.
Cape Coast Castle
Cape Coast Castle

 Below is President Barack Obama and his family visiting the site on his visit to Ghana.

Obama and family visiting Cape Coast Castle.
Obama and family visiting Cape Coast Castle.

2. FORT SANTO ANTONIO, AXIM

Fort Santo Antonio was a fort built by the Portuguese in 1515 near the town of Axim, in what is now the West African country of Ghana In 1642.
Fort Santo Antonio was a fort built by the Portuguese in 1515 near the town of Axim, in what is now the West African country of Ghana In 1642.
Fort Santo Antonio in Axim in 1709.
Fort Santo Antonio in Axim in 1709.
Fort Santo Antonio in a rough shape.
Fort Santo Antonio in a rough shape.

3. FORT METAL CROSS, DIXCOVE

Fort Metal Cross is a fort in Dixcove, Ghana. It was built by the British as a trading post in 1683.
Fort Metal Cross is a fort in Dixcove, Ghana. It was built by the British as a trading post in 1683.
Fort Metal Cross in 1727
Fort Metal Cross in 1727


4. FORT AMSTERDAM,  ABANDZE

Fort Amsterdam is a fort in Kormantin, Central region, Ghana. It was built by the English between 1638 and 1645
Fort Amsterdam is a fort in Kormantin, Central region, Ghana. It was built by the English between 1638 and 1645


5. FORT PREZINSTEIN, KETA ,GHANA

Fort Prinzenstein (Danish: Fort Prinsensten) is a fort located at Keta, Ghana which was used in the slave trade. It was initially built by Danish traders in 1784
Fort Prinzenstein (Danish: Fort Prinsensten) is a fort located at Keta, Ghana which was used in the slave trade. It was initially built by Danish traders in 1784
Fort Prezinstein Present Shape now.
Fort Prezinstein Present Shape now.

 Here below are some other forts.

A. WESTERN REGION

  1. Fort Apollonia at Beyin
  2. Fort Gross Friedricksburg at Princestown
  3. Fort Dorothea at Akwida
  4. Fort Batenstein at Butre
  5. Fort Orange at Sekondi
  6. Fort St. Sebastian at Shama

B. CENTRAL REGION

  1. The Fort at British Komenda
  2. Fort Vendenburg, Dutch Komenda
  3. Fort St. Jago at Elmina
  4. Fort Victoria at Cape Coast
  5. Fort Royal at Cape Coast
  6. Fort William at Cape Coast
  7. Fort McCarthy at Cape Coast
  8. Fort Fredericksburg at Amanful
  9. Fort Nassau at Mouri
  10. Fort William at Anomabu
  11. The Little Fort at Anomabu
  12. Fort Amsterdam at Abandzi
  13. The Fort at Tantumquery
  14. Fort Patience at Apam
  15. Fort Good Hope at Senya Beraku

C. GREATER ACCRA REGION

  1. James Fort at Jamestown, Accra
  2. Ussher Fort, Ussher Town, Accra
  3. Christiansborg Castle at Osu, Accra
  4. Fort Augustaborg at Teshie

D. EASTERN REGION

  1. Fort Vernon, Prampram
  2. Fort Fredensborg at Old Ningo

F. ASHANTI REGION

The Fort at Kumasi.

And a lot more...

11 of these monuments i mentioned above are designated as ''UNESCO World Heritage Site'' to tell you how important these forts and castles are to the world.

After the Colonial Masters and business traders left the shorelines of Gold Coast which is now Ghana, these monuments received no proper care and maintenance for over half a century which left most of these forts and Castles in a very deplorable state.


These forts and castles recalls history of the African diaspora, trans-Atlantic slave trade, Colonial War battles and Trade e.t.c  Looking at the great  history these monuments holds, It's stories and history needs to be preserve for educational purposes, tourism, history for future generation and lot more.

Meet the Team

France Maes (Campaign Owner) is the Founder of CherieCheriMeet and You and me Charity Foundation. As French Canadian Explorer for 30 years now, France have visited more than 30 Countries and on her visit, she toured most historic sites and helped reviving
France Maes (Campaign Owner) is the Founder of CherieCheriMeet and You and me Charity Foundation. As French Canadian Explorer for 30 years now, France have visited more than 30 Countries and on her visit, she toured most historic sites and helped reviving
Dickson Doosey (Campaign Creator & videographer) is a commercial photographer and videographer from Accra, Ghana
Dickson Doosey (Campaign Creator & videographer) is a commercial photographer and videographer from Accra, Ghana

SAMPLE OF OUR T-SHIRT REWARD.

We would add the name of every Backer that choose the T-Shirt reward on the back of the T-shirt
We would add the name of every Backer that choose the T-Shirt reward on the back of the T-shirt

How we're using the funds

I know $45,000 seems like a lot, but it's a shoestring budget for a film project. The funds we receive from this campaign will toward:

  • One round-trip plane tickets to Accra, Ghana
  • Equipment rentals for the three-week shooting period
  • Translator services for the three-week shooting period
  • Travel, food, and accommodations within Ghana
  • Travel visas and immunizations

Thanks for your contribution! We need YOU to make this project happen!

For the success of this project, I am currently working with Government of Ghana, Ghana Museum and Monuments Board, Historian, Archaeologist, Community leaders and their Indigenous people together to preserve historic story that these monuments which holds great history of Trans - Atlantic Slave trade, African diaspora, Colonial War battles and Trade etc.

If you don't have anything to pledge, Kindly Spread the word! Tweets, Facebook shares, blog posts, tumbles, pins -- any and all efforts will help reach those who feel as strongly about this project as we do!

If you have any questions about the film or what we're using the Kickstarter money for feel free to contact us at savetheforts@gmail.com

Thank you so much,

France Maes

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Projects which require traveling involves some element of risk. From food poisoning to missed flights and dropped luggage,disease and lot more. All members of the team have good traveling experience to go through all of this.

Documentary Film is a long-run commitment. Some of the greatest challenges for this project are already behind us which is Obtaining access and official permission from the Ghana Museum and Monuments board to film the documentary, having a professional videographer. The challenges we face now is to Permission from the Community leaders and Indigenous people, Consulting a professional Historian, Music artists, secure a consulting editor and other minor challenges. We can't overcome this challenges, if our project is not fully funded. We have a well organized project and vision going into post production, a clear understanding of the limits and strengths of the project.

Overall, we are confident that we will be able to problem-solve any difficulties that come our way.

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