We like wars, don’t we? In last 3,400 years of recorded history, mankind has been in absolute peace for just 268 years (not in one stretch) – that is just 8% of the recorded history. So, it is irrefutable that we humans like war. Some of these wars were for meaningful reasons, most of them were out of greed and some out of sheer stupidity. When it comes to second category of war, we mostly look down at Europe and when we speak of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, we point our fingers to England! Yes, Britain always had this thing called ‘Greed’ and combine it with stupidity, they have the stronghold on what we call meaningless wars! The War of the Golden Stool is one such meaningless war. Let us learn 30 interesting War of the Golden Stool facts and find out what we really want to convey here.
Interesting War of the Golden Stool Facts: 1-10
1. The War of the Golden Stool is also known by the names Ashanti Uprising, Third Ashanti Expedition and Yaa Asantewaa War.
2. The rival parties were United Kingdom (actually British Imperial Government of Gold Coast) and Empire of Ashanti.
3. The war was fought over a Golden Stool from March 1900 to September 1900.
4. The Empire of Ashanti had a throne made of pure gold. It was the Golden Stool over which the war was fought.
5. For people of Ashanti, the stool was not just the symbol of their sovereignty but also it was considered very sacred.
6. Just how sacred was the stool? Well, only and only the chief was entitled to sit on it. When we say chief, we mean the mortal king made of flesh, blood and bones. Apart from that the only other entities that were allowed to sit on the stool were the immortal souls of the living, yet to be born and the dead.
7. Now, the empire was under Imperial rule and as expected, an uprising began (we all know the reason for such uprisings because we all know how the Brits liked to loot everything from their colonies and claim as their own).
8. The Brits managed to put down the uprising and arrested the Ashanti King and sent him to exile.
9. Sir Frederick Mitchell Hodgson was the governor there who displayed unfathomed and unparalleled stupidity. What he did was he went to Kumasi (a city in Empire of Ashanti) and declared that since the King was exiled and the Ashanti lands were ruled by the Queen of England, the Ashanti people better get him the Golden Stool so that he, being a representative of a paramount power, can sit on it.
10. Guess what? That was too much for the Ashanti people. The very idea of a foreigner ass-defiling the embodiment and symbol of their state and people was just plain and simple – intolerable.