Following the intermittent, century-long conflict between the British and the Ashanti Empire, the fifth Ashanti war culminated in the annexation of the Ashanti Empire into the British Gold Coast colony. After the exile of Asantehene Prempeh I to Seychelles, the Ashanti army succumbed to the British forces. The Queen Mother, Yaa Asantewaa, led the last stand of the Ashanti against the British troops and their Hausa allies, ultimately surrendering on July 17, 1900. Asantewaa and other Ashanti leaders were exiled to Seychelles to join Prempeh I.
The Ashanti crown colony was administered by a chief commissioner who reported to the governor of the Gold Goast. In 1935 the Ashanti Kingdom returned to self-rule and eventually joined the rest of the former territories of the Gold Coast which formed the independent nation of Ghana in 1957.