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History homework project. Ghana: from British rule to independence. Name________Form___ History teacher__________________ Hand in date___________. Ghana web-quest. Use Google to find the answers to the following questions. Hint : do not type the whole question – just type the key words.

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history homework project

History homework project

Ghana: from British rule to independence


History teacher__________________

Hand in date___________

ghana web quest

Ghana web-quest

Use Google to find the answers to the following questions. Hint: do not type the whole question – just type the key words.

1. Circle the three countries that border (are next to) Ghana.

HINT: Use a map to help you find the answer to this question

Morocco Burkina Faso Uganda Benin Togo Cote d’Ivoire Senegal

2. Give the names of three ethnic groups (types of people) in Ghana

__________________ _______________________ ___________________

3. What was the name of the empire that ruled Ghana before the Europeans arrived? Circle the correct answer

Ashanti Roman Bugandan Egyptian Zulu

4. Which country did the first Europeans to arrive in Ghana come from?


5. What goods did Europeans want to buy or take from Ghana? Circle three answers

Carpets gold wool ivory fish slaves oranges

6. What year did the British conquer (take control of) Ghana?

____________________. When did it get independence (freedom)? ___________

7. What did the British call Ghana before 1957? ____________________

8. Underline the true statements

No one in Ghana tried to stop the British taking over

The British had to fight many groups of people to gain control of Ghana

The British used traditional chiefs to help them rule

The British did not listen to the traditional chiefs’ advice

source analysis british rule in the gold coast

SOURCE B Flag of the Gold Coast before independence

Source analysis: British rule in the Gold Coast

SOURCE C Flag of the Ghana after independence (1957)


Map of the Gold Coast (Ghana) 1896

SOURCE D, stamp, 1957

Source E: Sir Garnett Wolseley


looking at the sources on the previous page answer these questions
Looking at the sources on the previous page, answer these questions

Look closely at source A

According to the map, what country controlled Togoland? ______________________

Give the name of one of the castles on the coast _________________________

Thinking challenge: Why would maps like this have helped the British to control the area? __________________________________________________________________

Look at source B

What animal can you see on the flag? _____________________________________

Thinking challenge: why would this animal have been important to the British in Ghana?


Look at source C

Why do you think the people of Ghana chose to change their flag in 1957?


Look at source D

Why was this stamp made? _______________________________________

Who is the woman on the stamp? _____________________________________

According to the stamp, what is the exact date that Ghana became independent (free) from Britain? ______________________

Look at source E

Thinking challenge: why might the British government have sent this man to Ghana? (Look at what he is wearing and carrying for clues)



Kwame NkrumahRead this short biography and then answer the following questionsKwame Nkrumah was born in Ghana in 1909, the son of a goldsmith. When he grew up he worked as a teacher, before studying law. As a student he spent time in both America and Britain. While in London he became passionate about decolonialisation (the idea that countries ruled by European empires should have the right to govern themselves). He founded a group called the West African National Secretariat, which campaigned for Ghana, and other African countries, to be independent. In 1947, Nkrumah was asked to become head of The United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC), a Ghanaian party that campaigned for independence. He accepted, and sailed back to Ghana.However, the British authorities believed that the UGCC was causing trouble, and Nkrumah was put in prison. In spite of this, his party won in the elections and Nkrumah was released. Facing protests, the British prepared to leave Ghana.In 1957 Nkrumah became the leader of a free Ghana. However, this situation ended in 1966 when he was overthrown (kicked out of power) by opponents in Ghana. Some people in Ghana had thought that Nkrumah had taken too much power for himself and had been too harsh with people who disagreed with him. He had made himself ‘president for life’. In fact, he died in Romania in 1971, having been unable to return to Ghana.In which two countries outside of Ghana did Nkrumah study?_______________________________ _________________________What is meant by decolonialisation? _________________________________________________________________What group did Nkrumah form when he was a student?___________________________________________What did this group campaign for? ___________________________________________In which year did he become leader of Ghana? _________________________________Why did some people criticise the way he ran Ghana____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Design a stampThe government of Ghana has asked you to design a stamp to commemorate the life and work of Kwame Nkrumah. Think carefully about what you need to include, and use what you have learnt from the rest of your project.


Summing up: Go to http://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com/either1 Make a wordsearch based on 10 key words from this project2 Thinking challenge: make a cross-word based on what you have learnt about the history of Ghana. You will be required to think of your own questions.

When you have finished making your puzzle, print it out and stick it in this box