Fort Komenda

Fort Komenda
Part of British Gold Coast

British Fort Komenda (left) and Dutch Fort Vredenburgh (right). Note the peculiar architecture of Fort Komenda in the plan of the fort (lower left).
Fort Komenda
Coordinates 5°03′00″N 1°29′22″W / 5.050000°N 1.489444°W / 5.050000; -1.489444
Site history
Built 1682 (1682)
Garrison information
Occupants Britain (1695-1868)
Netherlands (1868-1872)

Fort Komenda was a British fort on the Gold Coast, established between 1695 and 1698 at Komenda, in contemporary Ghana. The fort had a very peculiar architecture, as this four-bastioned structure was built around an earlier four-bastioned English trading post, built in 1633.[1] The fort was built within cannon-shot distance to the Dutch Fort Vredenburgh. It was abandoned in 1816, after the abolition of slave trade.[2]

The ruin of the fort was transferred to the Dutch as part of a large trade of forts between Britain and the Netherlands in 1868. When a Dutch navy ship entered the harbour of Komenda, however, the local population resisted the transfer of the fort to the Dutch. Through the use of force, Dutch rule was eventually established. Between December 1869 and January 1870, a military expedition was sent to the local capital of Kwassie-Krom. A deadly battle ensued, but the Dutch managed to emerge as victors. It was a Pyrrhic victory, however, as the ongoing problems with the local population meant that on 6 April 1872, the entire Dutch Gold Coast, was again transferred to the United Kingdom, as per the Gold Coast treaty of 1871.


  1. Simon Pratt - Forts of Ghana, p. 20
  2. "Ghana Museums & Monuments Board". Retrieved 2016-09-22.
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