Anglo-Ashanti Wars


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Anglo-Ashanti Wars

 

aggressive wars waged by Great Britain against the African state of Ashanti, culminating in its complete enslavement by the English colonialists.

Seven wars are recorded in historical literature. Ashanti was victorious in the first five of these wars—1805, 1811, 1814, 1824–31, and 1863. During the sixth war (1873–74), the English penetrated into the heart of the country and seized the capital of Ashanti, Kumasi; however, Great Britain did not succeed in establishing its hegemony over Ashanti. Only after the seventh war (1896) did the English break Ashanti’s resistance. It became a British protectorate; in 1901 the territory of Ashanti was included in the British colony of the Gold Coast. In 1957 the territory of Ashanti, along with the former protectorate of British Togo-land, became the independent state of Ghana.

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Attempts to expand their control of the region's trade and, after 1807, to suppress the slave trade resulted in four Anglo-Ashanti Wars of 1823-1831, 1863-1864, 1873-1874 and 1894-1896.
As the Constabulary was expanded, locals--primarily non-Ashanti--were recruited into its ranks and the unit served with distinction during the Fourth Anglo-Ashanti war (see below).

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