In the Ashanti-Akim-Akwapim War of 1814–16, the Ashanti defeated the Akim-Akwapim alliance. Local British, Dutch, and Danish authorities were all forced to come to terms with Asante. By 1817, the Ashanti, who had an army of 20,000, had become the strongest power in West Africa, so the (British).
The African Company of Merchants signed a treaty of friendship that recognized Asante claims to sovereignty over large areas of the coast and its peoples.
The African Company of Merchants was dissolved in 1821 and the British assumed control of the Gold Coast.
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