West Africa after the Ashanti War, 1874–6
THE Ashanti War was the most dramatic predicament on the imperial frontier in the tropics which Disraeli’s Government inherited. Uncertainty as to the outcome of Wolseley’s march on Kumasi added an element of suspense to the general election of 1874. An editorial in The Times, when Parliament dissolved on 26 January 1874, speculated on the unfortunate, and irrelevant, influence the war might have on the election. News of the capture of Kumasi, it felt, ‘would be worth many seats to the Government, while anything so untoward as a disaster would be ruinous to the Government’.
KeywordsNiger Delta Gold Coast Colonial Policy Civil Service Examination British Policy
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