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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Asante and Akyem relations 1700 - 1831
Author:Fynn, J.K.ISNI
Periodical:Research Review
Geographic term:Ghana
Ashanti polity
Akan polities
Abstract:The rise and consolidation of Asante in the late eighteenth century intensified the struggle for political and economic power in the Gold Coast hinterland since the ultimate ambition of the new Asante state was to control the gold, ivory, kola and slave resources in that area. The Asante bid for supremacy was violently opposed by the older Akan states, in particular Akyem, whose kings refused to accept the pretensions and claims of what they considered an upstart dynasty. The reasons for the Asanta wars of conquest and expansion must be sought in Asante priorities arising out of the political, economic, commercial and geographical context. Maps, notes.