Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Adisa A. Alkebulan
The Asante are one of about a dozen groups that make up the Akan people located in the modern state of Ghana, West Africa. They are believed to have migrated from the area of the old empire of Ghana after the spread of Islam in the North and parts of West Africa during the 13th century. The Asante settled in the Adanse region probably in the 14th century before spreading out and, in the process, creating more towns during the 15th century. This entry discusses their history and religious beliefs. The Asante Nation was composed of several clans ruled by individual kings. There were many petty wars between the various states, which weakened the Asante Nation. As a result, the neighboring Denkyira Nation conquered the Asante and forced them to pay tribute to her until 1701. The Denkyira controlled vast amounts of gold mines. This helped establish the nation's power. ...