I am now visiting the Togo mountains in the East of the empire, it has come to my attention that slaves were implemented in the empire. They were used to extract gold and were considered the lowest social class. As europeans began demanding more and more gold, slaves had to be captured from small empires close to Asante and forced to work under their rule.
Today is my last day in the Comoe river , it has been interesting to learn about the life here. I’ve learned a lot over the past couple of days and the absolute monarchy in this empire. The religion idolizing the ruler and the golden stool. The correlation between gold and slaves.
I am currently in Kumasi, I’ve learned that the Golden Stool was the biggest cultural symbol. It was believed to hold the spirit of the empire and maintain order within the empire. Whoever sat in the throne was thought to be the true ruler of the empire, the leader of the society.
Traveling this amazing empire, it has been clear to see that the empire had a great abundance of gold. Gold was used in trade within and outside (Europe and other African Empires) the empire. The empire had fertile land which played a huge role in agriculture and therefore in trade. Crops such as yams, onions and maze were often involved in the empire’s economy. The empire also exported wood carvings, furniture and cloth to Europe.
The Asante Empire existed from 1670 all the way to the 1900s. The largest city and capital of the empire was Kumasi. It extended from the Comoe River all the way to the Togo Mountains.
Today I begin my travels in the Asante Empire. I’m looking forward to learning about the economy of the empire and how it compares to that of other African Empires.