Wiki Wormhole: In 1900, a 60-year-old woman defied an empire to protect her country’s throne

With more than 5.2 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or checking the spelling of coup d’état. We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 5,310,942-week series, Wiki Wormhole.

This week’s entry: War of the Golden Stool

What it’s about: In its history, Great Britain has really only tried to conquer two places on Earth: the land and the sea. At its peak, the empire controlled roughly half of Africa, what are now 17 modern-day countries. With the exception of South Africa and Egypt, each of those countries’ independence happened within the last 60 years. But in 1900, when the only countries ever to leave British rule were the U.S. and Canada, Ashanti (now part of Ghana) won de facto independence in a war over the Golden Stool—the …

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