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The Dutch former Colonies

Ghana

Fort Leydsaamheid (Patience) - Apam

In the late 17th century, the small state of Acorn - sandwiched between the larger British allies of Agona and Fante sought to have a strong fort built on its territory to defend it in case of attack.

The Dutch, while willing to erect a fort at Apam, were in no position to build a large one.

Building of the fort commenced in 1697 on the summit of a promontory close to a sheltered beach and bay. However, disagreement between the two sides concerning the form of the fort delayed its completion until 1702.

Hence the name they gave to the fort - Lijdzaamheid, meaning patience.

The initial structure was a “small two-storey house”. Between 1701 and 1721, this was Strengthened with two demi-bastions at diametrically opposite corners.

 

Fort Leydsaamheid , Patience,  Apam

 

Bastion-of-Fort-Leidzaamheid-at-Apam

Fort Leydsaamheid , Patience,  Apam

Fort-Patience-at-Apam

Fort Leydsaamheid , Patience,  Apam

 

Floor-plan-of-the-Lijdzaamheid-fort-at-Apam

Fort Leydsaamheid , Patience,  Apam

Two-views-of-Fort-Leidzaamheid-at-Apam

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