Fort William
Fort William
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Natalie
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Very special fort, much less touristy and fascinating history. Great tour by knowledgeable tour guid, Emman Kobbi Bills. Would highly recommend visiting off-the-beaten track and historically very interesting.
Written December 14, 2019
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Judy P
Oxfordshire, UK61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
We visited on a Monday and were the only visitors so had the place to ourselves. Much quieter and less touristy than Cape Coast or Elmina castles, Fort William is just as interesting and we learned more detail above how the people were captured and transported to the coast, as well as something about how the building has been repurposed since the slave trading days. Highly recommended.
Written June 24, 2019
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Krys
London, UK463 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Friends
Great location, amazing state of preservation, great view from the ramparts, eerie interior (once a slave fort, then a prison until recently) and not that frequently visited by tourists. Fantastic beach right at the foot of the fort.
Written August 31, 2017
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Sylvestre A
Accra, Ghana683 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
it's a really old fort. up on a Hill that you can see from the neighbouring beach and villages. It's not as big as the other forts in cape Coast and Elmina but it also has it's own story.
Written May 10, 2016
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GiorgioDiCentro
Emilia-Romagna, Italy38 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Family
To get an impression of how the slave trades went on, a visit to the Fort is a good idea. You can't believe this has really been going on, it makes you feel ashamed. The guided tours differ on the guide, some are very enthusiastic, others a bit uninterested.
But definitely a place to visit. Look also at the harbour, quite colourful and full of live. I heard there is also a restaurant over there, but I haven't visit it. Check out other reviews.
Make sure you wear good (walking) shoes, as it is quite dark in the dungeons.
Written February 9, 2016
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adventureofabandonme
San Jose, California13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
Great guy who lives in this old castle has the history down! Enjoyed the time to see, to learn and to connect with Ghana.
Written August 1, 2015
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AngelinaHP
Milford, NH2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Friends
This fort, although not as restored and commercial as Cape Coast or Elmina, is very significant in the history of the slave trade. Our tour guide, Phillip, is knowledgeable and very well spoken. Any of these forts are heart-wrenching to tour, but this one is especially, since we can trace an ancestor that came through this fort.

In the fishing village of Anamabo, and with permission, you can tour the shrines for each of the chiefs. A walk down the main street to the fort, you will likely see men fixing their fishing nets, carving out new fishing "canores," which is amazing to watch.
Written October 20, 2014
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Robert C
Redlands, CA2,422 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
My third great grandfather was involved in the slave trade as an English sailor in the 1790s and visited Anomabo in the early 1790s. I visited Ghana, in part, to learn more about his life and to learn more about the slave trade and how it was done and how it impacted the local population.

We visited other slave forts, Elmina, Cape Coast, Santo Antonio, Fort Amsterdam, but I particularly enjoyed Fort William. There is a local man who lives in the fort and has for years. He's written a pamphlet which he sells for a reasonable price which talks about the history. There is no charge for the fort, but this man will give you a tour and we tipped him for spending the time and sharing with us his knowledge.

Wooden ships line the front of the fort, on the beach. Locals are busy doing their own thing. Several huge tree trunks are in front, being hollowed out to make canoes, just as they did in the 1790s when my ancestor visited. The fort is still in relatively good shape.

I appreciate the attitude of the locals who say they are there not to condemn, but to look back and learn from the mistakes that were made.

The only downside were a few local boys who were near the entrance and quite aggressive in demanding "cash."
Written June 3, 2014
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