Elmina Castle and St. Jago Castle, Gold Coast, mid-19th cent.

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Drawings of Western Africa (University of Virginia Library, Special Collections, MSS 14357, no. 6).

Ink and colored crayon. Foreground shows St. George de Mina (Elmina). St. Jago (Coenraadsburg) and two other unidentified forts are in the background. On the left is “DeVeers redoubt” (i.e., Fort de Veer [Veersche Schans]) with the African village in the center. This is one of 22 works displayed on this website of West African coastal scenes -- out of a total of 32 -- held by University of Virginia Library. None of the works is dated or signed, and they seem to have been done by at least two different persons (perhaps associated with missionary activities in West Africa and/or the American Colonization Society). See also other image references “UVA” on this website.