The Gold Coast was the first British colony in Africa to become independent. After independence, its name changed to Ghana, and the first president was Kwame Nkrumah. Ghana is in West Africa, in the Gulf of Guinea. Its neighbouring countries are Cote D'Ivoire, Togo, and Burkina Faso, and the capital is Accra. The name Ghana comes from an ancient kingdom several 100 kilometres northwest of the modern republic.
independence.php - a history of Ghana's independence
http://www.nkrumah.net/ - a site dedicated to Kwame Nkrumah
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/people/highlights/000914 _nkrumah.shtml - for more on Nkrumah and an audio clip
http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/history/ - for a brief, broad history of Ghana
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/country_profiles/1023355.stm - a very brief overview of Ghana by the BBC
http://www.sas.upenn.edu/African_Studies/CIA_Maps/ Ghana_19845.gif - for a large, physical feature and provincial regions map
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/ghtoc.html - an exhaustive coverage of Ghana, well-indexed
http://www.sas.upenn.edu/African_Studies/Country_ Specific/Ghana.html - a resource site of annotated links on Ghana
http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/ghana.html - a massive resource of links to things Ghanaian
http://www.ghanaweb.com/ - a resource to Ghana, with information on the politics, culture, languages, newspapers, etc
http://crawfurd.dk/africa/ghana_timeline.htm - a timeline of Ghana's history
http://www.ghana.gov.gh/index.php - the official website of the government of Ghana
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations/africa/ghana/history.htm - the Lonely Planet's take on the history of Ghana for travelers
http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/gh.html - what the CIA has prepared about Ghana
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/africa/features/storyofafrica/ 4chapter1.shtml- all cover the history of the ancient kingdom of Ghana
For a broad overview of African independence.
For a broad overview of A Brief History of Ghana.