Fort Coenraadsburg

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Fort Coenraadsburg
Part of Dutch Gold Coast
St Jago.JPG
17th century view on Elmina. Fort Elmina is on the left, Fort Coenraadsburg on the right.
Fort Coenraadsburg is located in Ghana
Fort Coenraadsburg
Fort Coenraadsburg
Coordinates 5°05′04″N 1°21′03″W / 5.08444°N 1.35083°W / 5.08444; -1.35083
Site history
Built 1652 (1652)
Garrison information
Occupants Netherlands (1652-1872)
UNESCO World Heritage site
Official name Fort St. Jago (Fort Conraadsburg)
Location Elmina, Central Region, Ghana
Part of Forts and Castles, Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions
Criteria Cultural: (vi)
Reference 34-005
Inscription 1979 (3rd Session)

Fort Coenraadsburg or Conraadsburg, also Fort São Tiago da Mina, is a fort on the Dutch Gold Coast, built in 1652[1] to protect Fort Elmina from attacks. It was built on the site of a fortified chapel that the Portuguese had built[1] and that the Dutch had burned to the ground in the Battle of Elmina (1637). The Dutch ceded the fort to Britain in 1872, together with the entire Dutch Gold Coast.[2]



  1. ^ a b Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana. The Society. 1959. p. 61.
  2. ^ Doortmont; Smit, Jinna (2007-09-21). Sources for the Mutual History of Ghana and the Netherlands: An annotated guide to the Dutch archives relating to Ghana and West Africa in the Nationaal Archief 1593-1960. BRILL. p. 246. ISBN 9789047421894.