Accra is the capital and largest city of Ghana. Economic activities in Accra include the financial and agricultural sectors, Atlantic fishing, and the manufacture of processed food, lumber, plywood, textiles, clothing and chemicals.
Accra is the Greater Accra region's tourist hub, sporting a wide variety of hotels, monuments, museums and nightclubs. The city has three five-star hotels: the Labadi Beach Hotel, the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel and the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel.
The city's foremost historical site is the Jamestown area, which contains the Ussher Fort and James Fort, and Osu Castle (also known as Christiansborg), built by Danish settlers in the 17th century. Accra has an Atlantic beachfront and the most popular of the city's beaches is Labadi Beach, along with Kokrobite Beach, which is located 25 kilometres west of Accra. The beachfront area also houses the Academy of African Music and Arts.
Fort Amsterdam is a fort in Kormantin, Central region, Ghana. It was subsequently made part of the Dutch Gold Coast, and remained part of it until the fort was traded with the British in 1868.
The village of Abandze has grown around the site of the fort today.
It was built by the English between 1638 and 1645 as Fort Cormantine or Fort Courmantyne, and was captured by admiral Engel de Ruyter of the Dutch West India Company in 1665. Early in 1782, Captain Thomas Shirley in the 50-gun ship Leander and the sloop-of-war Alligator sailed to the Dutch Gold Coast. Britain was at war with The Netherlands and Shirley captured the small Dutch forts.