Still on the series on Africa... this is an inside view of what was deemed the "DEATH CELL".
Here, mankind's ultimate inhumanity became etched on the faces of others and stamped on each stony wall. Welcome to Elmina Castle.
Perched on the rocky fringes of the beach in Elmina town, 12 km from Cape Coast, the castle was built in 1482 as a trading post. Local history says the quest for more gold and ivory, as well as the spread of Christianity, inspired Don Diego D'Azambuja, a Portuguese explorer, to lead more than 200 soldiers and masons to build the castle. It was then christened St George's Castle.
Here, the Portuguese felt safe from any external or local aggression. Then, as the old years peeled away to reveal a newer one, the lure of gold paled away into insignificance while the prospect of capturing stronger Africans to work the fields in the Americas became more exhilarating.
Along with this prospect were bigger profits. Gradually, St George's Castle metamorphosed into Elmina Castle.
The cells that once held bars of gold became dungeons for humans. And days and nights overlapped in an endless cycle of pain and torture.
The slaves that were deemed trouble makers at Elmina slave castle were put into this horrible cell with the skull and crossbones over the entrance, never to come out alive again. They were given no food or water and died in the cell and were left there for a period of time. When new comers came they had to share the cell with the corpses for an undetermined period of time.
The Cell had no windos for ventilation except for the small hollow holes in the door, so you can imagine how hot the room will get. ( The holes in the doors was a lot smaller 500 years ago).
you can also check out Etomi's & Christian Photographs from the same castle series also..
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