Georeferenced Data of Christian Mission Stations, Ghana (1752-1932)

Published: 21 September 2021| Version 2 | DOI: 10.17632/5r256b72dd.2
, Alexander Moradi,


The data describes Christian mission stations established in Ghana 1752-1932. Data is reported at an annual basis. For all 2,144 mission stations, the data includes station name, denomination, circuity, longitude, latitude, year of entry, exit, whether the station is a main or out-station, and whether it had a school attached. For sub-periods the data also includes information on the number of church members, attendance and seat capacity. The data was mainly sourced from ecclesiastical returns provided by the mission societies and published in the Blue Books of the Gold Coast 1844-1932. The source is a comprehensive Various other sources were consulted to extend the data base to Ghana’s first mission (1752), to include missions from German Togoland incorporated into Ghana after World War I, and to account for years, for which no Blue Books have survived. Mission stations were then georeferenced based on the place name where the mission is located. Coordinates were retrieved from NGA place name gazetteer as well as other sources.


Steps to reproduce

To replicate output files <church_locations_panel> and <church_grid.dta>, run in the do files folder. Details in ReadMe.


Christianity, Religion in Economic History, Africa, Ghana