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The Gold Coast is a former West African British colony in the Gulf of Guinea. Although its borders had shifted over the course of European colonization, by 1957, when it became the independent nation of Ghana, the Gold Coast was bounded by the French colonies of Upper Volta to the north, Ivory Coast to the west, and the French protectorate of French Togoland to the east. It is home to at least 40 distinct ethnic groups, such as the Wala, Dagaaba, Mamprusi, Dagomba, Mole-Dagbani Kusasi, Guan, Anlo-Ewe, Ga-Adangbe, Ewe, Akan, Krobo, and others. The largest of these groups is the Akan, which itself consists of other separate, independent units such the Nzema, Akyem, Fante, Denkyira, Kwahu, and Asante. Despite its relatively small size, cultural ...

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