Constitution of the Fante Confederacy

(1871)

In 1868 a group of chiefs of the Fante people, an ethnic group largely from the coastal region of modern-day Ghana, met at the town of Mankessim and founded the Fante Confederacy, often called the Fante Confederation. Then, in 1871, Fante leaders and members of the nascent educated class in the region wrote the Constitution of the Fante Confederacy, designed to create the framework for Fante self-government; this constitution is sometimes referred to as the Mankessim Constitution. The Fante Confederacy was the product of several closely related factors, notably the growing threat...