Ghana's Timeline

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1502 - First slave ship leaves West Africa

1502

1528 - chocolate drink from Aztecs introduced to Europe, by Spanish explorers

1528

1618 - first British trading settlement set up on the Gold Coast

1618

1657 - London's first drinking chocolate cafe opens

1657

1817 - slavery abolished in Europe

1817

1830 - the world's first chocolate bars made in England by J S Fry and Sons

1830

1874 - Britain takes control of the south of the Gold Coast

1874

1878 - a Ghanaian brings back cocoa plants from Fernado Po, an island off Africa

1878

1885 - the first cocoa exported to Britain

1885

1898-1927 - railways built by the British

1898

1928 - a large harbour built at Takoradi

1928

1965 - the Akosombo dam completed, to provide Ghana with hydroelectricity

1965

1980 - economy almost collapses due to low cocoa price and other problems

1980

1983 - Ghana has to pay back loans of $1.5 billion to other countries

1983

1993 - Ghana earns $222 million from selling rain forest timber

1993

1999 - crisis in Asia and Russia causes world chocolate sales to fall

1999

2004 - over $2 billion of Ghana's debts cancelled

2004

2007 - Large deposits of oil and gas found off Ghana's coast

2007