Façades of The Hague #19

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Façade of the Embassy of the Republic of Ghana, Laan Copes van Cattenburch. The mutual history of Ghana and the Netherlands is a long one.

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From 1598 onwards the then young republic of the United Netherlands had trade posts along the Ghanaian coast, then known to Europeans as the Gold Coast.

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In the 17th century these coastal colonies became important slave trading posts for the Dutch West Indian Company.

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In the 19th century the Dutch recruited soldiers from the Gold Coast to fight in the Royal Dutch Indian Army (KNIL) in present day Indonesia.

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The Dutch Gold Coast colonies were sold in 1871 to the British.

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In 1957 Ghana was the first sub-saharan African country to declare itself independent under its charismatic leader Kwame Nkrumah.

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The façade is built in late 19th century eclectic style, but it might well have been built in the 1920s as that style was used until the 1930s.

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[Click on the pictures to enlarge]

All pictures were taken in March 2016

 

Bertus Pieters

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