The first European explorers to arrive at the coast were the Portuguese in 1471. They encountered a variety of African kingdoms, some of which controlled substantial deposits of gold in the soil. In 1483, the Portuguese came to the continent for increased trade.
What did the Portuguese call gold Coast?
Prior to independence on March 6, 1957, Ghana was called the Gold Coast. The earliest Europeans to set foot on the land were the Portuguese in the 15th century (1471). On their arrival, they found so much gold between the rivers Ankobra and the Volta that they named the area “da Mina”, meaning “The Mine”.
Who was the leader of the Portuguese?
What did the Portuguese trade and buy on the Gold Coast?
Until the end of the 16th century the Portuguese were the only Europeans trading on the Gold Coast, where they obtained gold, ivory and a commodity which would consistently gain in importance – African slaves.
Where does Portuguese gold come from?
Portuguese gold is quality stuff
Gold manufacture in Portugal can be traced back to the third millennium BC. At that time, reserves were plentiful from the Tagus River basin. Once those were depleted, prospectors discovered other sources throughout the country.