By Laverle Bennette Berry, Library of Congress Federal Research Division
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The next 150 years saw kaleidoscopic change and uncertainty, marked by local conflicts and diplomatic maneuvers, during which various 9 Ghana: A Country Study Source: Based on information from Daryl! Forde and P. M. , West African Kingdoms in the Nineteenth Century, London, 1967, 208; and 1vor G. Wilks, Asante in the Nineteenth Century, London, 1975, 19. Figure 2. Asante Expansion and Major European Fortresses in the Eighteenth Century European powers struggled to establish or to maintain a position of dominance in the profitable trade of the Gold Coast littoral.
Demonstrators not only criticized what they considered harsh economic policies, but some also called openly for Rawlings to step down. xxxvii The protests, organized by opposition parties, provided Rawlings's opponents with a rallying cry. For the first time since 1993, the Rawlings government appeared politically vulnerable. In the face of continued protests and increasing doubts about the viability of the value-added tax, the government in early June announced plans to replace it with a new national sales tax.
In the broad belt of rugged country between the northern boundaries of the Muslim-influenced states of Gonja, Mamprusi, and Dagomba and the southernmost outposts of the Mossi kingdoms lived a number of peoples who were not incorporated into these entities. Among these peoples were the Sisala, Kasena, Kusase, and Talensi, agriculturalists closely related to the Mossi. Rather than establishing centralized states themselves, they lived in so-called segmented societies, bound together by kinship ties and ruled by the heads of their clans.
Ghana: a country study by Laverle Bennette Berry, Library of Congress Federal Research Division