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The Swedish Gold Coast was a Swedishmarker colony founded in 1650 on the Gulf of Guineamarker in present-day Ghanamarker in West Africa. It lasted to April 1663 when the whole Swedish Gold Coast was seized by the Danes, and integrated in the Danish Gold Coast.


The colony consisted of only a few forts and trading posts scattered around Cabo Corso (present-day Cape Coastmarker) along the coast on the Gulf of Guineamarker in what later would become the British Gold Coast.

The colony consisted of fortifications and trading posts (factories):

present day Cape Coastmarker, Centralregionmarker, under Swedish administration 22 April 1650 - January/February 1658, 10 December 1660- 22 April 1663.

present day Anomabumarker, Central regionmarker, under Swedish administration 1650 - 1657

present day Butri near Sekondi-Takoradimarker, Western regionmarker, under Swedish administration 1650 - 1656

present day Osu, Ghana in Accramarker, headquarters, under Swedish administration 1652 - 1658

present day Sekondi-Takoradimarker, Western regionmarker, under Swedish administration 1653 - 1658

present day Benyin, Western regionmarker, under Swedish administration 1655-1657

  • Gemoree Factory

  • Accara Factory

Colonial Heads

Each of the three Swedish administrators had a different gubernatorial title:


Following the foundation of the Swedish Africa Company in 1649 an expedition under the command of Henrik Carloff was send to Africa in 1650. Carloff made a treaty with the King of Futu (also Feta) on selling some areas of land. On 22 April 1650 the Swedish Gold Coast was founded and Carloff became its first administrator.

In 1656 Johan Filip von Krusenstierna (brother of the greatgrandfather of the famous admiral and explorer Adam Johann von Krusenstern) was appointed the new Governor. This enraged Carloff. He left Cabo Corso only to return on 27 January 1658 on the Danishmarker Privateer "Glückstadt". Fort Carlsborg was seized and made part of the Danish Gold Coast colony.

King Charles X Gustav of Sweden made this one of his reasons to go to war with Denmark. After the Treaty of Copenhagen in 1660 Cabo Corso was to be returned to Swedish administration: However it then was revealed that Carloff's associate Schmidt already on his own had sold the colony in march 1659 to the Netherlandsmarker and had disappeared with the money.

Later on the local population started a successful uprising against their new masters and in December 1660 the King of Futu again offered Sweden control over the area. A new expedition was sent to the colony which remained under Swedish administration only for a short period. von Krusenstierna was reappointed as administrator.

On 20 April 1663 Fort Carlsborg and the capital Fort Christiansborg again were seized by the Dutchmarker after a long defense under the Swedish commander Anton Voss.

On 9 May 1664 the area again was seized, this time by the British who made it part of the British Gold Coast colony.


  1. Baltic nobility genealogy handbook Governor Johan Filip von Krusenstierna family


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