Fort San Sebastian in Ghana changed hands several times during its history, with different colonial powers occupying it at different times. However, it’s difficult to say which group occupied it the most, as there were several periods of occupation and the length of each occupation varied. Fort San Sebastian (São Sebastião) located in Shama, Ghana, is the third oldest fortification in Ghana.
The fort was originally built by the Portuguese in the 16th century and was used as a trading post for gold and other valuable commodities. In the 17th century, the Dutch took control of the fort and used it as a base for their trading activities in the region.
The fort was later captured by the British in the early 19th century and used as a base for suppressing the slave trade and enforcing colonial authority in the area. During this period, the fort was also occupied by the Ashanti Empire, who were at odds with the British and used the fort as a strategic position in their conflicts.
Overall, it’s fair to say that Fort San Sebastian was a site of significant colonial and military activity, with multiple groups occupying it at various times throughout its history. Today, the fort serves as a historical site and museum, preserving the legacy of these different periods of occupation and the role the fort played in the region’s history.
The fort is located in the Western Region in an a town called Shama or Shema which is a fishing village on the coast. The town is about 20Km east of Sekondi Takoradi. Overall Fort San Sebastian is worth a visit as it is one of the oldest fortifications from the colonial period and is a UNESCO world heritage site
The entrance fee to Fort San Sebastian varies depending on the type of ticket you purchase and whether you are a Ghanaian or foreigner. the ticket prices were as follows: (Please note that prices are subject to change)
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