T. Edward Bowdich
Bowdich, T. Edward (Thomas Edward), 1791-1824.
Mission from Cape Coast Castle to Ashantee, with a statistical account of
that kingdom, and geographical notices of other parts of the interior of Africa...
London : J. Murray, 1819.
Bowdich was only twenty-six when he was sent on a trade mission to the Gold
Coast in 1817. In this work, the first detailed account of the thriving Asante
kingdom, he describes its wondrous capital Kumasi, the royal court, and the
surrounding countryside. In addition to his narrative of customs and cultures,
he also includes climate data, vocabularies of common words in the several
languages he encountered, and notation of traditional music.