Accra - Ghana's capital
One of the most popular African Statestourists, of course, is Ghana. Special attention is always attracted to the capital of Ghana - Accra. Here are the main political, economic and cultural institutions of the country, as well as world-famous attractions.
Translated from the language of the name of the capital akanskogoIt means nothing other than the "ants". Scientists believe that this name appeared in connection with the fact that in ancient times there were many villages around ant hills. The first written records date back to the fifteenth century. That's when the local places came Akan tribes and founded a settlement here.
Until the seventeenth century villagedeveloped slowly and original, I am here not arrived Europeans. Over time, Accra became the great center of the slave trade and the port. The Dutch, the French, the Swedes - they immediately began to build in the city of forts and defensive walls.
In the second half of the eighteenth century, afteryears of confrontations, Ghana was still declared British colony. The colonialists introduced a number of changes in the lives of citizens. For example, all new buildings must have been built of concrete and stone. Nevertheless, the funds allocated for the development of the capital without much enthusiasm. It was not until the early twentieth century.
After World War II began in Accraerected cottage areas for European visitors. In the same period it was built the business district of the capital and the construction of many administrative institutions.
In 1957, Ghana became officially independentstate. Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah immediately began to change the face of the city. Sights such as the National Palace were built; Independence Square; the building of the Organization of African Unity. We started to develop the coastal areas of the city. To date, the state capital is located several interesting tourist sites, great museums and the National Theatre.
Accra is located on the shores of the Gulf of Guinea. The climate here form the Volta River and the Atlantic Ocean. rainy seasons are spring and in October. At other times, there is a dry tropical climate. Paradoxically, because of the geographical location of the winter is much hotter than the summer.