The empire lasted from 1701- 1901. Asante means ‘because of war .’It was a word derived from the Twi language, a subgroup of the Akan, and Asante can also be spelt as the Ashanti. They had good leadership, military prowess, a good economy and strong spiritual strength, which helped them build a formidable empire.
In the 18th century, the Asante King, Asantehene, called Osei Tutu and his spiritual adviser, Okomfo Anokye, established the Asante empire by unifying the kingdoms into a big empire. Osei Tutu built a big territory and strong military strength for the Asante.
Osei Tutu created the mysterious Golden stool as a symbol of unity for them. It was believed that the Golden stool was conjured for them from heaven. It was also believed that the Golden stool represented all the ancestors of the Asante. The people of Asante have so much belief in the Golden stool.