Images of the Gold Coast (West Africa), 1870-1890   

The Dutch factory in Elmina, with European and African personnel

The Dutch factory in Elmina, with European and African personnel Object Name: The Dutch factory in Elmina, with European and African personnel
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Code: 0002 4045
Category: People from Elmina

The Dutch factory in Elmina, with European and African personnel

Between circa 1888 and 1894, the firm of Gebroeders Ter Meulen of Rotterdam ran a factory, mainly trading in palm oil. The firm left Elmina during the worldwide agricultural crisis, which cut profits severely.
The photo shows three European staff (among whom probably one or two Ter Meulen's), three African agents (standing) some clerks (sitting), and manual labourers and carriers. The photo is taken in front of the Viala Houses, a merchant's house in Liverpool Street. This house was rented by the firm.