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…