Anomabu became the focus of intense European trade rivalry in the 17th and 18th centuries, partly because of its easy access to a rich hinterland and partly because the local Anomabu were themselves powerful and astute traders. From the middle of the 17th century, European companies vied with each other in the quest for rights to establish and maintain a trading post at Anomabu. The earliest lodge, built in 1640 by the Dutch using earthworks, changed hands four times—from the Dutch to Swedes, then to the Danes, back to the Dutch and finally to the British.
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