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Gus Casely-Hayford on Fante Asafo Flags | Artist & Empire | TateShots

Curator Gus Casely-Hayford looks at the origins and history of the Asafo flags, made by the Fante people of the Gold Coast of Africa, now known as Ghana.

Charting, mapping and surveying oceans, coasts, land and resources were essential tools of Empire. Part of a wider gathering of information by the West about the world, they defined sea and trade routes, and identified territory to be claimed and colonised. Following earlier Portuguese, Spanish and Dutch navigators, buccaneering Elizabethan mariners and the ‘discovery voyages’ of James Cook and Matthew Flinders accompanied by ‘scientific gentlemen’ laid the foundations of a British Empire focused on maritime trade and the exploitation of regional resources.

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