Gold Coast (British colony)

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Colony of the Gold Coast
1821–1957
Flag of Gold Coast
Flag
Badge of Gold Coast
Badge
Anthem: God Save the King (1821–1837; 1901–1952)
God Save the Queen (1837–1901; 1952–1957)
The Gold Coast in 1922
The Gold Coast in 1922
StatusBritish colony
CapitalCape Coast (1821–1877)
Accra (1877–1957)
Common languagesEnglish (official)
French, Ga, Akan, Ewe language, Dangme, Dagbani, Dagaare, Gonja, Kasena, Nzema widely spoken
Religion
Christianity, Islam, Traditional African religions
GovernmentColonial
Monarch 
• 1821–1830
George IV (First)
• 1952–1957
Elizabeth II (Last)
Governor 
• 1821–1822
John Hope Smith
• 1949–1957
Charles Arden-Clarke
History 
• Colony established
1821
• Incorporation of the Danish Gold Coast
1850
• Incorporation of the Dutch Gold Coast
6 April 1872
• Combination with local kingdoms
1901
• Admission of British Togoland
27 December 1916
• Incorporation of British Togoland
11 December 1956
• Independence as the Dominion of Ghana
6 March 1957
Area
1924[1]207,199 km2 (80,000 sq mi)
Population
• 1924[1]
2,080,208
CurrencyGold Coast ackey British West African pound
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Ashanti Empire
British Togoland
Dutch Gold Coast
Danish Gold Coast
Kingdom of Dagbon
Dominion of Ghana
Today part ofGhana

The Gold Coast was a British Crown Colony on the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa from 1821 until its independence in 1957.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "The British Empire in 1924". The British Empire. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  2. "One-Man Policy—A Curse to West Africa", The Gold Coast Nation and National Consciousness, Routledge, pp. 54–59, 2013-09-13, doi:10.4324/9781315033044-11, ISBN 978-1-315-03304-4