The Ashanti Confederacy

  title={The Ashanti Confederacy},
  author={William L. Tordoff},
  journal={The Journal of African History},
  pages={399 - 417}
  • W. Tordoff
  • Published 1 November 1962
  • History
  • The Journal of African History
The Basel missionaries, Ramseyer and Kühne, had this to say of Ashanti government in the reign of Kofi Karikari (1867–74): …the reins of the Ashantee government are not exclusively in the hands of the king, nor does he possess unlimited power, but shares it with a council which includes, besides his majesty, his mother, the three first chiefs of the kingdom [Juabenhene, Bekwaihene, and Mamponghene], and a few nobles of Kumasi (Coomassie). This council is called ‘Asante Kotoko’, or the Ashantee… 
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    See Papers relating to the Restoration of the Ashanti Confederacy (Accra, 1935), table in, 13, para

      Ibid. 232 and 256

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