Sekondi-Takoradi

Sekondi-Takoradi (sĕkˈəndē-täkôräˈdē) [key], city (1984 pop. 93,822), capital of the Western Region, SW Ghana, on the Gulf of Guinea. An important seaport and commercial city, Sekondi-Takoradi has shipbuilding, railroad repair, and cigarette industries, and is a support and supply center for Ghana's offshore oil industry. The two parts of the city developed around Dutch and English forts built in the 17th cent. Sekondi, the older and larger of the two, prospered after the construction (1903) of a railroad to the mineral and timber resources of the hinterland. A deepwater harbor was constructed at Takoradi in 1928. The two parts were amalgamated in 1946.

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