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Title:The Dutch gold-mining effort in Ahanta, 1841-9
Author:Yarak, Larry W.ISNI
Periodical:Ghana Studies
Geographic terms:Ghana
Subjects:gold mining
industrial history
Abstract:In mid-1841, a proposal was made by a colonial ministry officer to the Dutch Minister of Colonies to attempt to mine gold in Ahanta, then Gold Coast, now Ghana. Gold was allegedly present on the coast 'in abundance' and could be exploited directly by the Dutch government by means of a well-organized goldmining effort employing the latest in European mining technology and a European workforce. The Dutch government organized two goldmining expeditions to the Gold Coast in the 1840s, both of which failed. Factors causing these failures included serious mortality among the European workforce and the failure to obtain all the necessary equipment prior to departure from Europe. The data assembled by the Dutch and their servants during the expeditions include some of the earliest and most detailed first-hand accounts of precolonial Akan mining techniques on record. Besides presenting information on both expeditions, the present paper also pays attention to these observations of gold extraction by the local population. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]