Osai Tutu Early relations may be considered as the real founder of the Ashanti with the power.
At last he was defeated and slain (1731); but his successor, Osai Apoko, made further acquisitions towards the coast.
In 1800, Osai Tutu Quamina, an enterprising and ambitious man, who appears early to have formed the desire of opening a communication with white nations, became king.
On the refusal of the Fanti to deliver up the fugitives, Osai Tutu invaded their country, defeated them and drove them towards the sea.
The character of this man, who died on the coast in 1808, is indicated by Osai Tutu's eulogy of him.
On the very day of this defeat Osai Tutu Quamina died and was succeeded by Osai Okoto.
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.