Brooke Takala

Publication Date

Spring 2003


This research consists of historical archaeological perspective synthesized as a survey of slave trafficking sites and relics. Personal observation combined with various sources such as written and oral histories have been consulted. As a student of ethnic Studies in the United States, my research has previously consisted of queries of race relations and current policies that invariably stem from the enslavement and forced migration of Africans to the "New World." To further my understanding of race and ethnicity issues, I felt it imperative to acquire expanded knowledge of the slave trade in West Africa, particularly Ghana. Due to a short time frame for research, the final report is limited in scope. However, sites were visited from Gwollu in the north to the coastal forts and castles. This research is qualitative in nature relying heavily on personal observation and archaeological survey as main methodological resources. Oral histories had a questionnaire answered by the leading scholar in the field of Ghanaian archaeology, Professor James Anquandah, have proven to be enormously insightful.