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Title:The Danes on the Gold Coast: Culture Change and the European Presence
Author:DeCorse, Christopher R.
Periodical:African Archaeological Review
Geographic terms:Ghana
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Anthropology and Archaeology
Abstract:The maritime expansion of western Europe beginning in the 15th century was a worldwide phenomenon that brought about drastic changes in indigenous cultures. The Danes maintained more than thirty forts, trading lodges and plantations on the Gold Coast (now Ghana) from 1659 until 1850, and they played an important role in the development of African-European relations in the region. This paper surveys traces of Danish outposts, many of which were visited by the author between 1985 and 1990, and examines the results of the 1987 excavations by the University of Ghana at the Daccubie plantation, one of the most successful Danish plantations, which was established in 1808. The available data illustrate the circumscribed nature of African-European interaction on the Gold Coast, providing insight into the context in which culture change occurred within African populations. The archaeological record of European expansion in Africa and elsewhere is used to illustrate the varying nature of European contact. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French.