1860-1899 | Burning towns and cities | Looting and plunder | Punitive operations

The British Army loots and burns the Ashanti capital of Kumasi

6 February 1874 Determined to subdue continual resistance to its colonisation of the Gold Coast (now Ghana), London dispatched 2,500 Redcoats, as well as thousands of West Indian troops, to the coastal town of Cape Coast. From there, under the command of Major General Sir Garnet Wolseley, they marched north in January to subdue and…