Fort Lijdzaamheid

Fort Lijdzaamheid ('Patience') is a Dutch-built fort located in the township of Apam, in the Central Region of Ghana.

Commenced as a stone trading lodge in 1697, the lodge was later fortified to secure the Dutch state of Acorn, which was tenuously held between the two British-held territories of Fante & Agona in the modern-day Central Region of Ghana.

By 1721, the lodge had been converted into a defensive fortification, which sat on a craggy peninsula which juts out from the township to the south, offering a commanding view of Apam's harbour to the north, and the Gulf Of Guinea coast to the south, east, and west.

Early in 1782, Captain Thomas Shirley in the 50-gun ship Leander and the sloop-of-war Alligator sailed to the Dutch Gold Coast. Britain was at war with The Netherlands and Shirley captured the small Dutch forts at Mouri (Fort Nassau - 20 guns), Kormantin (Courmantyne or Fort Amsterdam - 32 guns), Apam (Fort Lijdzaamheid or Fort Patience - 22 guns), Senya Beraku (Berku or Fort Barracco - 18 guns), and Accra (Fort Creve Cour - 32 guns).

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Petr M
25 January 2015
Small fort perching on the strategic hill overseeing Apam Lagoon. Entrance fee 5 GHS, little English spoken.
Petr M
25 January 2015
Fort doubles as a very bare Guesthouse, no bathroom in the room. Better to stay somewhere else like Winneba.
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