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Asante and the Dutch 1744–1873$
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Larry W. Yarak

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198221562

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198221562.001.0001

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The Asantehene's Kostgeld: Tribute, Rent, and Political Myth, 1744–1872

The Asantehene's Kostgeld: Tribute, Rent, and Political Myth, 1744–1872

(p.133) 3 The Asantehene's Kostgeld: Tribute, Rent, and Political Myth, 1744–1872
Asante and the Dutch 1744–1873


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This chapter looks at the origin and significance of the Asantehene's kostgeld, the annual stipend paid by the Dutch as rent or tribute, initially in acknowledgment of Asante sovereignty at Accra, from 1744 until the departure of the Dutch from the Gold Coast in 1872. It starts by presenting the historical and historiographical debates on origin and significance of the kostgeld. It is shown that this did not in any way symbolize the special relationship that already existed between Asante and the Dutch, as discussed in the previous chapter. The new kostbrief issued to the king in 1818 became known as the ‘Elmina note’. Residual Asante claims to the Accra kostgeld were rendered unsustainable by the Asante defeat at Katamanso in 1826 and the Anglo-Asante and Danish-Asante treaties of 1831.

Keywords:   kostgeld, Asantehene, Asante, Dutch, rent, tribute, Accra, political myth

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