In the 15th and 16th centuries, gold-seeking traders came to Akan country not only from the great Songhay empire (in the modern Republic of Mali) and the Hausa cities of northern Nigeria, but also from Europe.
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The events which led to the foundation of Asante began with the rise of Denkyira, a state which waged wars to gain control of the Akan gold trade between 16.
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Often these groups were led, believes Wilks, by entrepreneurs who used slave labor to do the initial work of clearing forest.
Later, these entrepreneurs would invite free settlers to join them, and in this way new communities were created throughout the forest.
The chief of Kumasi chose a nephew, Osei Tutu, to become this hostage.
According to Akan traditions, after becoming a distinguished general in the Denkyira army, Osei Tutu rebelled against the Denkyira king by refusing to hand over gold booty which he had captured in war. His action must have marked him as a man of exceptional courage and leadership, for when the Kumasi chief died, probably in the early 1680s, the people of Kumasi selected Nana Osei Tutu as his successor.