Fort Metal Cross, Dixcove

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Fort Metal Cross, originally Fort Dixcove, is a military structure in Dixcove, Ghana. It was built commencing in 1683 by the English Royal African Company as a trading post for the gold and the slave trade, though construction didn't finish until 1698 due to ongoing hostilities with the local people. Brandenburg-Prussia started building Fort Groß Friedrichsburg about west of Dixcove in 1683, (now Princes Town) in the colony of Brandenburger Gold Coast but it was not completed until the 1690s.Fort Metal Cross was besieged twice in 1712 by John Kanu, a local ally of the Prussians, but the fort was defended successfully.The fort was transferred to the Dutch as part of a large trade of forts between Britain and the Netherlands in 1868 under the Anglo-Dutch Gold Coast Treaty. It was renamed Fort Metal Kruiz. Four years later, however, on 6 April 1872, the fort was, with the entire Dutch Gold Coast, again transferred to the United Kingdom, as per the Gold Coast treaty of 1871. The Dutch name stuck, however, translated as Fort Metal Cross.The Fort was included as one of the Forts and Castles of Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions that became a World Heritage Site in 1979.
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  • The guide could not tell very much, but we have been to Elmina Castle years ago, so we were able to image the terrible things that happened here.  more »
  • Of you relax at Busua beach and thinking, how to me entertain yourself, go to Dixcove! It has a nice fishermen village and Fort Metal cross that was (surprisingly) built (at least partly) by Prussia! ...  more »
  • Would have been an amazing place if it had not been abandoned. But great place to see
  • It was an eye opening experience. History associated with this Fort was chilling. It was worth the visit.
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