British Land Policies in the Gold Coast and Her Relations with Asante

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Samuel Adu-Gyamfi
Emmanuel Bempong
Henry Tettey Yartey
Benjamin Dompreh Darkwa


Colonization successfully advanced various reforms in Africa that affected several practices on the continent. The various customs that have been affected include the land tenure system of British colonies in particular. An abundance of laws and policies were adopted with the sole aim of conserving the environment. These policies often clashed with indigenous interests and witnessed counter attacks as a result. Despite this, there is little information in the literature concerning how British land policies shaped their relations with the indigenous people, particularly the Asante. Based on a qualitative research approach, the current study uses Asante as a focal point of discourse in order to historically trace British land policies and how they, the British engaged with the people of Asante. From the discourse, it should be established that the colonial administration passed ordinances to mobilize revenue and not necessarily for the protection of the environment. In addition, the findings indicated that the boom in cash crops, such as cocoa and rubber, prompted Britain to reform the land tenure system. With the land policies, individuals and private organizations could acquire lands from local authorities for the cultivation of cash crops. We conclude that the quest to control land distribution caused the British to further annex Asante.


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Adu-Gyamfi, S., Bempong, E., Yartey, H. T., & Darkwa, B. D. (2020). British Land Policies in the Gold Coast and Her Relations with Asante. Studia Historiae Oeconomicae, 38, 163-181.
Author Biographies

Samuel Adu-Gyamfi, Kwame nkrumah university of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

Samuel Adu-Gyamfi is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and Political Studies of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi-Ghana. His research focus in Applied History, Environmental History, Health Policy, Social Policy, Social Medicine, Societal Studies and Social Change. Through Applied History, he makes explicit attempts to illuminate current challenges and choices by analyzing historical precedents and analogues. He begins with a current choice or predicament and provides a perspectivefrom history.

Emmanuel Bempong, Kwame nkrumah university of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

Emmanuel Bempong is a lecturer at the Sunyani Technical University in Ghana and a PhD candidate in History in the Department of History and Political Studies, of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. His research focus is on Environmental History and Policy, Culture and Medicine. He also studies Cultural Tourism of Ghana with a special focus on the Akyem-Abuakwa Traditional area.

Henry Tettey Yartey, Kwame nkrumah university of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

Henry Tettey Yartey holds an MPhil. in Political Science and a PhD candidate in History in the Department of History and Political Studies. The applicant lectures in Political Science in same department. He has published several articles in the area of politics and policy.

Benjamin Dompreh Darkwa, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology: Kumasi, Ghana

Benjamin Dompreh Darkwa holds a BA in History and is currently an MPhil History candidate at the Department of History and Political Studies at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. Benjamin primarily focuses his research on the History of Medicine, Environment and Culture. Specifically, his interest is linked to how the discourses of Medicine, Health and Culture have been shaped throughout history.


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