Kumasi Fort, Ghana



1897

During the British colonial campaign in Ghana, several of the great buildings of Ghana-based empires and kingdoms were destroyed.

In accordance with British colonial policy, administrative buildings, official residences and schools were constructed to house colonial authorities and to demonstrate the power of the Empire.

The British constructed the Kumasi Fort on the site of a fort built in 1820 by Asantehene Osei Tutu Kwamina which they destroyed after the wars to annex the Asante Kingdom in 1874.

Completed in 1897, it housed British District Commissioners and other administrative functions until it was converted into a military museum after the Second World War.

Photo: ghana-net.com

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