Sunday, September 1, 2013

St. George Fort & Dungeon in Elmina

July 24, 2013

Tour of the Elmina Fort & Dungeon was extremely informative and thus depressing.  This building was the primary location with respect to where enslaved Africans were placed until they were shipped across the Atlantic.

Holding dungeons. On the right is a holding cell for the British soldiers that were misbehaving. This room has a window and has plenty of ventilation. The holding cell on the left was for enslaved Africans that were resisting. There was no window or form of light when the door was shut and the only form of oxygen came from a room that was to the left, a room where weaponry was held and all they would inhale was recycled air and filled with gunpowder residue.

Once a church while the Portuguese occupied the fort but became a police training location for the British when they took over. It is now a museum.

How the British would keep an eye on the Dungeons

The courtyard

Hundreds, if not thousands, of bats filled this one room. Even with the door open, they refuse to leave. Locals believe that is it the spirit of the ancestors or previous occupants that suffered in the dungeons and refuse to leave. They believe the purpose is to ensure something as horrific as what they experienced will never happen again.

Kakum National Park

July 23, 2013

Kakum National Park was deemed a national park in 1992 and is known for its canopy walkway. This canopy walkway is very structurally similar to the walkway in Vancouver... because it was also designed by Canadians!! It connects 7 trees apparently and is about 150 feet off the ground.

A forest walk was to follow! We saw glue trees, water trees, palm wine trees ALL kinds of fun filled trees. Insects that were super gross yet super awesome!!