Investigating And Writing About The Ashanti People

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For my research paper, I am going to be investigating and writing about the Ashanti people. The Ashanti people inhabit what is today Ghana, West Africa, with their capital city being Kumasi. I am interested in this subject because I spent four weeks of this summer in Ghana. While I spent most of my time with the Fante people on the coast, we toured Manhyia Palace in Kumasi and I was instantly intrigued by the Ashanti culture. I also personally know an Ashanti that has moved to the United States, which makes me all the more interested to explore how globalization, as defined by Manfred Steger, has shaped her life and culture. The issues that I am going to be investigating in this paper are ones that I have had first-hand experience with:…show more content…
Ghana was called “The Gold Coast” until its independence was gained from the British in the 1900s, due to the abundance of gold. This, along with the eventual slave trade was a catalyst for the arrival of Europeans in the area in 1471. The Ashanti Empire was founded in 1697 by King Osei Tutu I. At its height, the Ashanti Empire was incredibly rich and powerful, larger than modern-day Ghana, and even had European advisors. Dress was extravagant, rituals were important, and courts, tax systems, and military organizations were all being employed. Yet, as is the case with many African nations around this time, conflict with Europeans eventually arose. The first conflict between the Ashanti and Europeans was with the British, and it occurred in 1824. The Ashanti emerged victorious with the death of the British governor. During the second conflict with the British, the Ashanti were defeated and Kumasi was captured. The near fall of the Ashanti Empire came in 1896, when the Ashanti were defeated by the British and King Prempeh was exiled to the Seychelles. After this, the Ashanti attempted one last attack on the British fort, spurred on by the disrespect they were being shown by the British governor, but they were ultimately defeated. However, many of the traditions and cultural aspects of the ancient Ashanti’s still exist today. Art and language are two ways in which Ashanti culture has been preserved

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