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Capital Jukwaa
Language(s) Twi
Government Monarchy
 - 1637 to 1695 Boa Amponsem
 - 1695 to 1701(last of indep. Denkyira) Ntim Gyakari
 - Founded 1500
 - british protectorate
 - Incorporation into Ghana 1957
 - Dissolved 1701
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Denkyira was a powerful nation of Akan people that existed in southern present-day Ghana from 1620. Before 1620 Denkyira was called Agona. The ruler of the Denkyira was called Denkyirahene and the capital was Jukwaa. The first Denkyirahene was Mumunumfi.[1]

Latter the capital of Denkyira moved to Abankeseso.[2] Denkyira became powerful through gold production and trade with europe.

The 1690s saw wars between Denkyira and the Asen and Twifo. The goal of these struggles was to keep open the trade routes to the coast.[3]

It dominated the neighboring states until 1701, when it was defeated by the The Asante in the Battle of Feyiase, and became a tributary.

In 1868 Denkyira entered the Fante Confederacy to fight for britain against the Asante and the dutch. When the confederacy proved unable to defeat the Asante, it became a part of the British colony Gold Coast in 1874. In 1957 Gold Coast became independent as Ghana.

The present-day ruler of the Denkyira is Odeefuo Boa Amponsem III.

See also


  1. Shmuel Noah Eisenstadt, Michel Abitbol, Naomi Chazan (1988). The Early State in African Perspective: Culture, Power and Division of Labor. Brill Academic Publishers. ISBN 9004083553. 
  2. McCaskie, T. C. "Denkyira in the Making of Asante" in Journal of African History Vol 48 (2007) no. 1, p. 1
  3. McCaskie. "Denkyira". p. 1.

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