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Title:Friederichsnopel: a Danish settler colony in Akuapem 1788-92
Author:Hernęs, PerISNI
Periodical:Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana (ISSN 0855-191X)
Geographic terms:Ghana
settlement schemes
Akwapim polity
political history
Abstract:In 1788, when the slave trade was in decline and abolition was in the offing, the Danish government supported an initiative by a former surgeon at Christiansborg, Paul Erdmann Isert. His plan was to establish a Danish agricultural settlement in the hilly area of the Gold Coast (Ghana) hinterland and develop 'plantation production' of West Indian crops such as sugar, cotton and coffee, still relying on slave labour, but eliminating the suffering of slaves on the Middle Passage and on the West Indian plantations. This vision also appealed to the Danish finance minister Ernst von Schimmelmann, who supported Isert's adventure. Isert established a small settlement called Friederichsnopel in Akuapem. He died shortly after, and the experiment never became a success, although the Danes held on to the place for a number of years. The present author focuses on the colonial objectives inherent in the enterprise, the implementation of the plans, and the small Friederichsnopel community, its internal social relations and slave life, its relationships with the Danish slave trade establishment at Christiansborg and its interactions with Akuapem and other African societies. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]