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The aims and objectives of the Fante Confederacy

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The Fante confederacy was an example of a proto-nationalist movement which was formed in 1868 in Mankesim. It is the first proto-nationalist group to be formed. It was formed by a combination of people from the southern part of the Gold Coast, their chiefs and the educated elite. Several reasons have been advanced for its formation.

Friendly relationship
One of the aims of the confederacy was to ensure that there is peace and harmony among the kings and chiefs of Fante land so that they can ward off external aggression and also be able to attack states that are a threat to them.

Provision of social amenities
Another aim of the confederacy was to ensure the provision of social amenities such as schools and roads in the confederacy.

Enhance agricultural and industrial activity
Also, the confederacy aimed at the promotion of agricultural and industrial activities that have the capacity to bring wealth to their land.

Development of natural resources
It was also the aim of the Fante Confederacy to promote the development of the natural resources of the state which includes the mineral resources.

Stand up to the British
The Confederacy also aimed at standing up to the British and fighting to be the determinants of their own affairs. It was also to prevent the British from taking over their rights.

Unite against Europeans
Finally, the confederacy was aimed at presenting a combined power against the people of Europe.

United front
One of the achievements of the Fante Confederacy was that it was able to bring together the various elements which were at play at the time. It brought together the Fante and non-Fante speaking states and the educated elite and the British were not able to break their front.

The Dutch withdrawal
The confederacy was able to prevent the Dutch from continuing with their attempt to establish themselves at the coast. This is in spite of the fact that their departure strengthened the hands of the British along the coast.

The raising of an army
Another achievement of the confederacy was the fact that it was able to put together a fifteen thousand strong army that was able to help to ward off the Dutch who wanted to take over their territories.

Generation of own revenue
The confederacy was able to generate its own revenue to carry out its activities. For example, the confederacy was able to impose taxes and other duties which were administered by a Poll Tax Commissioner appointed in each of the member-states.

Creation of a confederal government
The confederacy brought unity to the southern states in both the central and the western provinces. The Confederacy was able to bring the states together by the adoption of one constitution. In other words, constitution saw the creation of a confederal government.

National Supreme Court
The Confederacy was able to set a National Supreme Court. One of the main functions of this court was to serve as the final arbiter in the settlement of cases that are brought before it.

1. a. What were the main reasons for the formation of the Fante Confederacy?
b. Highlight five aims for the formation of the Fante Confederacy.

2.  Highlight six achievements of the Fante Confederacy.

3. a. What were the aims and objectives of the Fante Confederacy?
    b. Advance three reasons why you would say the Confederacy was successful.

The aims and objectives of the Fante Confederacy 

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