Heading back to my roots!
During December of 2008, I went to Ghana, the country where I was born, to visit my family. During my stay in Ghana I visited the Cape Coast and the Elmina Castles.When I first walked into the Cape Coast Castle, it looked so gigantic! Then, a guide walked toward our tour group and described how the Cape Coast Castle was built by the British.
As the guide walked across the main courtyard in the castle, he explained how the castle was built of lime powder and nothing else.
Across the courtyard was an open tunnel that sloped downwards. We were entering the slave dungeons.
Life in the Dungeons
Rooms for Europeans
As we approached the female and male dungeons from a distance we could smell a foul odor. Can you imagine? This is after hundreds of years of the castle not being used for slaves!
The main reason for the foul smell was because the slaves had to go the bathroom in open tunnels that led down to the sea from the dungeons.
Though the slaves had containers to sleep in, they were so weak that they were unable to move. That meant they had to go to the bathroom right where they were. We could see bloodstains on the floor and markings too.
Slaves that refused to be treated badly and fought for freedom were left in a condemned cell. They were not given food, water, access to light, or fresh air. Their burial place was the sea.