Admission to Elmina Castle includes a guided tour. There is a rate for Ghanaians that is 10 times cheaper than that for tourists. Since we were with Daddy, he insisted we were Ghanaian and thus we paid the Ghanaian rate. Otherwise I would have had to argue that in spite of my accent not being Ghanaian I own no other passport but a Ghanaian passport. Admission fee is also higher if you plan to take photographs. I don’t remember the actual amount but it’s on the order of $5 if that for tourist rate.
Apparently, the floors are now several inches higher than when they were first built because of the accumulation of human excrement and other dirt. The enslaved people were let out into the courtyard for about an hour or less daily. The women were let out longer.
There was no such thing as refusal or consent. Indeed, we were shown chains in the middle of the courtyard where women would be chained and made to stand under the hot sun without any water for disobedience.
On the tour, we see Fort St. Jago in the distance. This fort was built by the Portuguese after the local paramount chief had been converted to Christianity in 1503. It was originally a church but when the Dutch defeated the Portuguese, they used it as an outlook to prevent attacks We also see the old Portuguese church in the middle of the Elmina castle courtyard which when the Dutch arrived, they refused to pray in so they built their own church. The Dutch also refused to use the Portuguese kitchen and built their own.