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Fort Batenstein, Butre

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Fort Batenstein was a fort and trading post established by the Dutch on the Gold Coast in 1656. It was situated near Butre (old spelling: Boutry). The fort was ceded with the entire Dutch Gold Coast to Britain in 1872.At this fort, the Treaty of Butre was signed on 27 August 1656 between the Dutch and the Ahanta.NameBatenstein literally translates to "profit fort," which historian Albert van Dantzig sees as evidence of a cynical sense of humour on the part of the directors of the Dutch West India Company: the fort at Komenda, which was the site of the fierce Komenda Wars with the British, was named Vredenburgh (literally "peace borough"), the commercially unsuccessful fort at Senya Beraku was named Goede Hoop ("Good Hope"), and the fort at Apam, which took five years to build due to local resistance, was named Lijdzaamheid ("Patience").
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  • Easy to find in the back of the small village Butre. A local man sitting near the entrance stairway charges 15 cedis. I got a recipe of it. In recent years there had been some renovation of the fort. ...  more »
  • Beautiful scenery over the town. Rich history, must visit if pass around...
  • The view was amazing. Experience a walk through the village of Butre and when you climb the hill to the fort you get to see the whole town and its surroundings.
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