Accra became the administrative capital of Ghana in 1877 when the British colonial authority transferred the seat of government from Cape Coast. Accra was declared a city on 29 June 1961 by Ghana’s first President Dr Kwame Nkrumah. Accra has been one of the fastest growing cities in Africa since the pre-colonial era.
When was the capital of Ghana move from Cape Coast to Accra?
The capital of the British Gold Coast colony was moved from Cape Coast to Accra in 1877 following the transfer of the seat of government from the former.
Why was the capital moved from Cape Coast to Accra?
In 1877 after the second Anglo-Asante war, Accra replaced Cape Coast as the capital of British Gold Coast Colony because Accra had a drier climate relative to Cape Coast and even more important, Accra was not home to the tsetse fly hence conducive to animal transportation which was the order of the day.
Is Ghana a poor country?
It is hard to pinpoint a single cause of long-term poverty. Dictatorial and corrupt governments can make what could be a very rich nation into a poor one.
How many slaves passed through Cape Coast Castle?
As many as 1,500 slaves (two-thirds of whom were male) were held in the castle dungeons at any one time. When you walk through the dungeons today, it is terrifying to imagine the reality of what took place in these suffocating spaces just over two centuries ago.