Battle of Feyiase

The Battle of Feyiase was the decisive battle in the struggle that led to the Ashanti Empire replacing Denkyira as the dominant power among the Twi-speaking Akan peoples.

Battle of Feyiase
Date1701
Location
Result Asante victory; Fall of Denkyira kingdom and establishment of Asante Union
Belligerents
Ashanti Empire Kingdom of Denkyira
Commanders and leaders
Asantehene Osei Tutu Denkyirahene Ntim Gyakari

During the battle, the Denkyira army deployed 2 or 3 Dutch cannons whiles the Ashanti had limited access to firearms.[1] Prior to this battle the Denkyirahene Ntim Gyakari believed he was doing well in the war, having driven the Ashanti forces from Adunku, Abuontem and Aputuogya. However, this was all part of Osei Tutu's plan to ambush the Denkyira troops at Feyiase.

At Feyiase, the full force of the Asante war machine fell upon the Denkyiran army, and they were routed. Ntim Gyakari was killed by the people of Adunku from Asante Feyiase and Denkyira's cannons were captured by the Ashanti.[2] Denkyira's hegemony was broken at Feyiase Akoyem. Feyiase Akoyem is now a part of Bosomtwe District which lies between Aputuogya and Esereso where the war ended.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mbogoni, Lawrence E.Y. (2013). Human Sacrifice and the Supernatural in African History. Mkuki na Nyota. p. 33. ISBN 978-9987082421.
  2. ^ T.C. McCaskie (2003). State and Society in Pre-colonial Asante. Cambridge University Press. p. 205. ISBN 9780521894326.
  3. ^ "Feyiase Akoyem gets new police station | Regional News 2013-10-29". www.ghanaweb.com. Archived from the original on 2018-04-19.
  • McCaskie, T. C. "Denkyira in the Making of Asante" in The Journal of African History. vol. 48 (2007), no. 1, p. 3.