Yaa Asantewaa and the Asante-British War of 1900-1
At the end of the nineteenth century, British rule on the Gold Coast was becoming ever more expansionist and aggressive. As the age of European imperialism was intensifying and the Europeans were seeking to control all major trading routes, the idea of an independent and prosperous indigenous Asante ruler was becoming incongruous. In 1896, the British Colonial Secretary Joseph Chamberlain authorized a military expedition to Asante. He first encountered little resistance, but four years later, when the British exiled the Asante ruler Prempeh I and claimed the Golden Stool of Asante, Yaa Asantewaa, the Queen mother, raised the banner of rebellion. She called the Asante people to reassert their independence and led the deeply aggrieved Asante nation to take up arms, resulting in the Ashanti-British war. This is a scholarly and indepth account of the causes and outcomes of the war, and the role of the iconic Ashanti war heroine, Yaa Asantewaa, in wider historical context.
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