Postcard of Elmina Castle in southern Ghana. Elmina was the site of the first colonial war among European powers with a large naval battle that took place in 1478 between Castillian and Portuguese ships for control over trade in the region. It is the oldest European building in existence south of the Sahara. As the region's trade in gold, ivory, timber, and sadly later slaves grew in importance, the Castle changed hands many times. Countless slaves were held captive in the Castle before exiting through the its infamous “Door of No Return” to be transported and resold in new colonies in the New World.
Stamp featuring an African elephant, Loxodonta africana, an estimated 2000 of which live in parks and forest reserves in Ghana.