A long history

The sad history of trading with humans in Ghana, was influenced by a particular man by the name Isert (1756-1789)

A dark chapter in the storybooks, but one man tried to bring slavery to an end and created a unique community for plantation in Ghana, preventing enlaved families to have to travel in chains cross the Atlantic Ocean and to work in west India on the Virgin Island. Read the whole and fascinating story:

Slavery in Guinea.  A coastal region stretching from Gambia River to the Gabon Estuary. Guinea is subdivided into a number of coasts:  (Which Ghana in west Africa is part of (http://ib.frath.net/w/Guinea)

The history of the Danish-Ghanaian connection reaches back to the dark time when slaves were brought from the south coast of Ghana, on slave ships to Westindia. Working there day in day out at the sugar plantations. When harvested, the sugar canes was brought to Copenhagen and refined. Besides sugar, alcohol was produced and some of it shipped along with weapons and other goods to Ghana. And the triangular trade could continue.

The condition in present Ghana is not as many would have hoped. A lot of people live in sheds, are short of water and proper sanitary conditions. A lot of people in dispair from people walking up and down the streets on the search for work or may be a penny. All this taking happening in one of the nicest places on earth.

A remarkable figure of that time was the physisian Doctor Paul Erdmann Isert, who traveled to Ghana and experienced the dramatic episodes, when native african families were suddenly separated, and tribes were fighting each other and taking slaves, thus gaining some of the worshipped goods from the Danish slave traders situtated at Christiansborg. Dr. Paul Erdmann Isert also experienced a riot from the slaves on board a ship to West India, which was close to killing him, but he stayed on the side of the native people, and even kept trying to learn their traditions, culture and language. 

Watercolour illustration of the Danish Guinean plantation, Frederiksted, from 1790

The plantation Christiansnobel built by Poul Erdman Isert 1788 af the first "free and decent" village for local workers, 

Ghana and the citizens of Africa deserves much better conditions 213 years after Dr. Isert helped creating the first fairtrade community for the local people. 

Paul Erdmann Isert wanted to stop this by creating better conditions for the Ghanaian people. The result after years of preparation and appoint men with the Danish authorities ended up with fair trade plantation which must have been the first ever built. 

One month later He and his pregnant wife were no longer alive. Many theories have been put forward trying to explain  what happend at Christiansborg which is where they all parised. 

The Danish fortress was the place where the slaves was held and later shipped and chained on slave ships to islands in west India: St Thomas, St. Jan og St Croix

The old Danish fortress Christiansborg , is today the presidential residence.