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    Cover Illustration: Cape Coast Castle was originally a commercial fortress, built in 1653 by the Swedish African Company, which was engaged in the timber and mineral trade along Africa’s Gold Coast. After changing hands several times as the European powers struggled for control of the region’s developing slave trade, it was rebuilt by the British in the 1670s as the headquarters of the Royal African Company, becoming one of numerous “slave castles” in what is now Ghana. From the chambers in its underground dungeon, captured slaves were herded through the infamous “Door of No Return” to be loaded onto ships for transport overseas. When descendants of those slaves were welcomed to Ghana as part of the country’s first “homecoming” celebration in 1998, they were invited to enter the castle through that same door, in a symbolic “return.” In “History in the Dungeon: Atlantic Slavery and the Spirit of Capitalism in Cape Coast Castle, Ghana,” Andrew Apter uses the history of a West African coastal deity who is associated with Cape Coast Castle and Atlantic slavery in Ghana to gain insights into Afro-European encounters associated with the rise of the Atlantic economy and the development of Cape Coast government and society. “Door of No Return,” 2009 photo by ZSM. Wikimedia Commons.

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