Places of Interest

The Old Kete-Krachi Slave Route

The old Kete-Krachi, now completely under water except for three buildings – the German barracks. It used to be a very important nodal town as well as slave port in the past. Now it is completely submerged by the floodwaters of the Volta Lake. The main north-south caravan route passed through Kete-Krachi. Slaves en route southwards from Salaga, for example, were shipped in boats to river ports like Akuse and Ada Foah in the south.

Most slaves were captured in organized raids in the interior. These were then brought to the numerous slave markets on the coast and sold to Europeans and Arabs. Some of these slaves fed the coastal markets located between Anecho in eastern Togo and Ada in the west across the Volta in Ghana. These markets include Bey Futa (Lome) and Baguida in Togo, and Adafienu, Adina, Blekusu, Vodza, Keta and Atorkor in the then Keta District of Ghana.1 The slaves brought from the interior of Salaga, Kete Krachi, Bassari, Kadjebi, Chamba and other places in the northern regions of Ghana and Togo also served Abomey (Agbome) and Glefe (Whydah) markets in Benin (Dahome). Kete Krachi and Salaga, two of the main sources for obtaining slaves from the interior, were themselves important slave markets which also served minor slave markets along the slave routes to the coast.

From Kete Krachi, a route passed through modern Akorowase, Tappa in Buem, Nkonya, Kpandu, Kpeve, Ho, Adaklu, Ziope, Dzodze, Klikor to Adina, Adafienu and Blekusu. The same route from Kete Krachi passed through Asadame across the Keta Lagoon to Atokor and Keta. Through modern Odonkorkrom, Ho, Adaklu and Agoenyive in Togo, the same Kete Krachi route was connected to the Baguida, Lome, Anecho and Agbome markets. It was through these routes that slaves from Atebubu, Salaga, Kete Krachi, Bimbila, for example, reached the coastal markets of the Volta Region.

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