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, considered a pioneering work.[2] The work was later translated into English and published 1895 in Switzerland.[1] He used written sources and oral tradition, interviewing more than 200 people in the course of assembling his history.[2]


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.[3] 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. ^ a b Paul Jenkins, "Reindorf, Carl Christian", Dictionary of African Christian Biography.
  3. ^ 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).