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Encyclopedia > Gold Coast (British colony)
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Map from 1896 of the British Gold Coast Colony.
Map from 1896 of the British Gold Coast Colony.

Gold Coast was the name of a British colony on the Gulf of Guinea in west Africa that became the independent nation of Ghana in 1957. Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Gold_Coast. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Gold_Coast. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1076x1632, 314 KB) Map from 1896 of the British Gold Coast Colony (today Ghana). ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1076x1632, 314 KB) Map from 1896 of the British Gold Coast Colony (today Ghana). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Gulf of Guinea is the part of the Atlantic southwest of Africa. ...


The first Europeans to arrive at the coast were the Portuguese, in 1471. On their arrival, they found a group of kingdoms of different tribes, and lots of gold in the soil. In 1482, the Portuguese built the first castle in the Gold Coast. They used it to trade gold, in exchange for cloth, knives, beads, mirrors, rum and guns. News spread quickly, and eventually, English, Dane, German and Swedish traders arrived too. These European traders built several forts along the coastlines. The Gold Coast was formed in 1821 when the British government took over privately held lands along the coast. Gold Coast had long been a name for the region used by Europeans, due to the large gold resources to be found in the area, although slave trade was the main trade for a number of years. In 1872, the Dutch lost interest in the coast and gave up their forts to the British. General Name, Symbol, Number gold, Au, 79 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 11, 6, d Appearance metallic yellow Atomic mass 196. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... The coronation banquet for George IV 1821 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ...


Britain steadily expanded the colony through wars with local kingdoms, the Ashanti Confederacy and other European countries which had colonies in the region. The British's main problem was the Asanti people who controlled much of Ghana before the Europeans arrived and are still today the most powerful tribe in Ghana. During the First Anglo-Ashanti war (1863-1864) the two groups fought because of a disagreement over an Asanti chief and slavery. Tensions increased in 1874 during the Second Asanti War (1873-1874) when the British sacked the Asanti capital of Kumasi. The third Asanti War(1893-1894) occurred because the new Asanti asantehene, ruler of the Asanti, wanted to exercise his new title. From 1895-1896 the British and Asanti fought in the fourth and final Asanti War, where the Asanti fought for and lost their independence. In 1900 the Asanti Uprising occurred and resulted in the Asanti capture and, shortly after, loss of Kumasi. This was due to an attempt to steal the Golden Stool, the asentehene's throne. At the end of this last of the Asanti Wars the Asanti people became a protectorate on 1 January 1902. A shrunken Ashanti Confederacy near the end of its existence in 1896 The Ashanti Kingdom or Confederacy was a powerful state in West Africa in the years prior to European colonization. ... The Anglo-Ashanti Wars were a series of four notable wars between the British and the Ashanti kings between 1826 and 1896. ... Combatants Great Britain Ashanti Kingdom Commanders Frederick Mitchell Hodgson Major James Willcocks Yaa Asantewaa Casualties 1,007 casualties Unknown, several thousands The War of the Golden Stool, also known as the Third Ashanti Expedition, the Ashanti Uprising or variations thereof, was the final war in a series of conflicts between... January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... 1902 (MCMII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ...


By 1901, all of the Gold Coast was a British colony. Its kingdoms and tribes were forced to make a single unit. The British shipped various natural resources — such as gold, metal ores, diamonds, ivory, pepper, timber, corn and cocoa — from the Gold Coast. They paid the local people very little for these valuable materials. They built railways to transport them to the coast. They built some roads, schools and hospitals too, but the people had pay for these through taxes. By 1945, the people had had enough. In 1946, British Togoland, the Ashanti protectorate, and the Fante protectorate were merged with the Gold Coast to create one colony, usually referred to as the Gold Coast. In 1957 the colony gained independence under the name of Ghana. though people stay it stands fro God Has Appointed Nkrumah Already. Iron ore (Banded iron formation) Manganese ore Lead ore Gold ore An ore is a volume of rock containing components or minerals in a mode of occurrence which renders it valuable for mining. ... This article is about the gemstone. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Look up pepper in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Timber in storage for later processing at a sawmill Timber is a term used to describe wood, either standing or that has been processed for use—from the time trees are felled, to its end product as a material suitable for industrial use—as structural material for construction or wood... Look up corn in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Cocoa beans in a cacao pod Cocoa is the dried and partially fermented fatty seed of the cacao tree from which chocolate is made. ... British Togoland was a League of Nations Mandate in Africa, formed by the splitting of German Togoland into French Togoland and British Togoland. ... The Fante are an ethnic group from southern Ghana with some also in the Côte dIvoire. ...


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Gold Coast (British colony) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (437 words)
Gold Coast was the name of a British colony on the Gulf of Guinea in west Africa that became the independent nation of Ghana in 1957.
Gold Coast had long been a name for the region used by Europeans, due to the large gold resources to be found in the area, although slave trade was the main trade for a number of years.
In 1946, British Togoland, the Ashanti protectorate, and the Fante protectorate were merged with the Gold Coast to create one colony, usually referred to as the Gold Coast.
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