|•||1637 to 1695||Boa Amponsem|
|•||1695 to 1701(last of indep. Denkyira)||Ntim Gyakari|
|•||Incorporation into Ghana||1957|
Denkyira was a powerful nation of Akan people that existed in southern present-day Ghana from 1620. Like all Akans they originated from Bono state. Before 1620 Denkyira was called Agona. The ruler of the Denkyira was called Denkyirahene and the capital was Jukwaa. The first Denkyirahene was Mumunumfi.
The Denkyira state dominated the trade with Europeans on the Western part of what is now Ghana while the Akwamu dominated trade with Europeans on the Eastern part. It dominated the neighboring states apart from the Akwamu and Akyem and Ashanti was a tributary to Denkyira until 1701, when it was defeated by the Ashanti in the Battle of Feyiase, and became a tributary to the Ashanti empire.This was led by Ntim Gyakari the then Denkyirahene.He was a friend of Osei Tutu who was then a prisoner when the Asantes were under the Denkyira.On fleeing Osei Tutu he also allowed him to go with Okomfo Anokye who became the chief priest for the Asantes.
In 1868 Denkyira entered the Fante Confederacy to fight for Great Britain against the Ashanti and the Dutch. When the confederacy proved unable to defeat the Ashanti, it became a part of the British colony Gold Coast in 1874. In 1957 Gold Coast became independent as Ghana.
The present-day ruler of the Denkyira is Odeefuo Boa Amponsem III.
- Shmuel Noah Eisenstadt, Michel Abitbol, Naomi Chazan (1988). The Early State in African Perspective: Culture, Power and Division of Labor. Brill Academic Publishers. ISBN 90-04-08355-3.
- McCaskie, T. C. "Denkyira in the Making of Asante" in Journal of African History Vol 48 (2007) no. 1, p. 1
- McCaskie. "Denkyira". p. 1.
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