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Asante and the Dutch 1744–1873$
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Larry W. Yarak

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198221562

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198221562.001.0001

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An Asante Residency in Elmina: The Career of Debosohene Kwadwo Akyampon in Elmina, 1822–1832

An Asante Residency in Elmina: The Career of Debosohene Kwadwo Akyampon in Elmina, 1822–1832

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(p.31) 1 An Asante Residency in Elmina: The Career of Debosohene Kwadwo Akyampon in Elmina, 1822–1832
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Asante and the Dutch 1744–1873
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LARRY W. YARAK

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198221562.003.0002

This chapter provides an examination of the imperial residency at Elmina of the senior Asante official, Kwadwo Akyampon, during the period 1822–32. The reconstruction of Akyampon's career given here concentrates on the following issues: the nature of the office of resident, the apparent mode of rationality (‘traditional’ or ‘formal’) of Kwadwo Akyampon's recruitment to the position of Elmina resident, the sphere of responsibility entrusted to him, the forms of control retained by his superior authority, and finally, the actual manner in which he executed the tasks attached to his position. The assigned and assumed responsibilities as resident for Elmina are given. In addition, a discussion on the relations with the Elminas before and after the battle of Katamanso is provided. The chapter concludes that the standing of Elmina in the Asante empire was not fixed or given, but subject to the vicissitudes of the entire imperial system.

Keywords:   Debosohene Kwadwo Akyampon, Elmina, Asante, imperial residency, Katamanso imperial system

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