Jamestown, the birthplace of Accra is directly east of the Korle Lagoon. Jamestown and Ussher town are the oldest districts in the city of Accra and emerged as communities around the 17th century.

These districts, both of which constitute Old Accra or Ga  were heavily developed by the end of the 19th century.

Following the rapid growth of the city during the 20th century, they became areas of a dense mixture of commercial and residential use.

Today, both Jamestown and Ussher town remain fishing communities inhabited primarily by the Gas.