Lexi Walsh


1. Area inhabited/ruled [if members of your group emigrated, immigrated, or established settlement (colonies) outside of their home country you should include an explanation of that travel or settlement in this section; include places traveled and reasons for leaving home country]
Elmina is a little city of coast of West Africa in Ghana that was very important in the Atlantic world. Elmina was established in 1445 by Portuguese explorers who were sent by Price Henry the Navigator. Very soon the people in Elmina made the Elmina Castle, Where people would come from all over the world and trade slaves. The first slaves that came to America were slaves from Elmina, Where many slaves were traded, sold and bought. Elmina was important in the Atlantic world because they provided slaves and their culture and technology to a lot of countries.

Map of Ghana

2. Everyday Life
Among the slaves, people also came to Elmina fish. Fishing in Elmina was Part of the people of Elmina’s daily life; sense Elmina is on the coast of Ghana they had a great water resource which meant there was a lot of fish and boats. People in Elmina also would grow corn, and cassava. People would come from all over the world to fish in Elmina’s Harbor.

People on the beach in Elmina getting ready to Fish

3. Social and Political Organization
After the Portuguese established Elmina, other countries over and some did not treat Elmina as well as others. Elmina was taken over by the Dutch from the Portuguese and then later from the British, who burned the city down and left it. Elmina is an amazing place that has a very important in the Atlantic World and the World.
Ghana's Flag

4. Religion
Elmina was on the coast of Ghana and so they had a harbor were boats could come and people could fish, because of this, Elmina had a very rich population. With new people coming in Elmina, that spread religion, especially the Religion of Christianity, that was there main religion.
A Church in Elmina

5. Arts/Technology/Developed Culture
The Portuguese also brought their culture and technology into Elmina. Pottery weaved baskets and painted tiles, copper aplainces, crystal, and Porcielen were all things that the Portuguese brought into Elmina. Baskets, Pottery, and copper aplances are all things that the people of Elmina used in their daily life.

Portuguese Pot