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Title:Architectural History of Cape Coast
Author:Hyland, A.D.C.
Periodical:Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:urban history
architectural history
Architecture and the Arts
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:The traditional vernacular name of Cape Coast (Ghana) is Oguaa, from the Fante Gua, meaning 'market'. Trade between the inhabitants of this settlement and the Europeans flourished in the 16th century, but there is no evidence of any European building activity there until the middle of the 17th century, after the Dutch conquest of Elmina. The author relates the physical structure of the town to its historical development and then discusses the architecture of Cape Coast, and describes a few of the town's major historical buildings: Government House, Gothic House, Swanzy Mills, Braeside House, Mrs Swanzy's own house, Acquah's Hotel, Fortgate House, and St. Mary's Convent. Notes, ref.