Façades of The Hague #19


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


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.


[Click on the pictures to enlarge]

All pictures were taken in March 2016


Bertus Pieters

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