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 Ofosu-Appiah, L. H. "Carl Christian Reindorf". Dictionary of African Christian Biography (online ed.). Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Jenkins, Paul. "Reindorf, Carl Christian". Dictionary of African Christian Biography (online ed.). 
  3. ^ Reindorf & Johnson (2000), p. 139.


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