The king (Kwaka Dua I.), who had succeeded Osai Okoto in 1838, was a peace-loving monarch who encouraged trade, but in 1852 the Ashanti tried to reassert authority over the Fanti in the Gold Coast protectorate, and in 1863 a war was caused by the refusal of the king's demand for the surrender by the British of a fugitive chief and a runaway slave-boy.
"The white men" (said Kwaka Dua) "bring many cannon to the bush, but the bush is stronger than the cannon."
In April 1867 Kwaka Dua died, and after an interval of civil war was succeeded by Kofi Karikari, who on being enstooled swore, "My business shall be war."
In 1883 a revolution displaced that monarch, who was succeeded by Kwaka Dua II.
At length, after a desolating civil war, Prince Prempeh - who took the name of Kwaka Dua III.