Osu Castle

Osu Castle

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A Portuguese fortified house in 1500. The fort was taken by Swedes in 1652 and later taken by Danes in 1657. The Danes enlarged the fort into a castle and named it Christianborg after King Christian V of Denmark, in 1659. The castle was temporarily captured by the Dutch in 1660. Then Temporarily in Portuguese hands and called S. Francis Xavier, in 1679-83 and was reoccupied by Danes, in 1683. In 1693 the Akwamus retook the castle from Danes. The Castle was then enlarged within 1730 and 1780 and was Bought by Britain in 1850. The castle later fell victim to Damages by an earthquake in 1862 after which it was used as a lunatic asylum. The castle was renovated and used as the residence of the British Governor of Gold Coast, in 1877-1957. Residence of Prime Minister of Ghana and renamed Government House, Osu, in 1957. The Castle became the official residence of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, First President of Ghana in 1960 and has since remained the Seat of Government




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