1900-1919 | Burning crops | Burning towns and cities | Burning villages | Collective punishments | Punitive operations

Ashanti towns and villages burned as a ‘lesson’

23 August 1900 On 23 August 1900, a Press Association report sent from the Gold Coast (now Ghana) reported that ‘two punitive columns’ of British troops were ‘destroying the enemy’s villages as they advance’ and living off the ‘rich country near Lake Busumskwi (Bosumtwi) which affords (them) plenty of food.’2  They were engaged in a near year…

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…