Carl Christian Reindorf

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Carl Christian Reindorf
Born Carl Christian Reindorf
(1834-10-09)9 October 1834
Accra, Gold Coast
Died 13 July 1917(1917-07-13)
Accra, Gold Coast
Occupation Reverend
Nationality British Subject,
Ethnicity Ga
Education Basel Mission

Carl Christian Reindorf (31 May 1834 – 1 July 1917)[1] was a Ghanaian historian and pastor who worked with the Basel Mission. He wrote The History of the Gold Coast and Ashanti in the Ga language. The work was later translated into English and published 1895 in Switzerland.[1] He used written sources and oral tradition.


Reindorf was born in Prampram, Gold Coast,[1] the son of Carl Hackenburg Reindorf, who was of half-Danish heritage, and Anowah Cudjoe, who was an ethnic Ga from Dutch Accra.[1] He received his early education in mission schools at Osu.[2] On 13 October 1872 he was ordained a minister.[1]

He finished work on his notable work A History of the Gold Coast and Asante in 1889.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f L. H. Ofosu-Appiah, "Reindorf, Carl Christian", Dictionary of African Christian Biography.
  2. ^ Jenkins (1998), p. 139.


  • Carl Christian Reindorf, The History of the Gold Coast and Ashanti (1895, 1966).


  • Jenkins, Paul, The Recovery of the West African Past: African pastors and African history in the Nineteenth century; C.C. Reindorf & Samuel Johnson. Papers from an international seminar held in Basel, Switzerland, 25-28 October 1995 to celebrate the centenary of the publication of C.C. Reindorf's History of the Gold Coast and Asante, Basler Afrika Bibliographien, 1998, ISBN 3-905141-70-1.
  • Raymond Jenkins, "Gold Coast Historians and Their Pursuit of the Gold Coast Pasts, 1882-1918" (Ph.D. diss., University of Birmingham, 1985).
  • Seth Quartey, Missionary Practices on the Gold Coast 1832-1895. Discourse, Gaze and Gender in the Basel Mission in Pre-colonial West Africa (Youngstown, New York: Cambria Press, 2007).