And while Baden-Powell was smeared as a “homophobe” and “Nazi” by communist protesters, an investigation into his 1896 diary during the Anglo-Ashanti wars reveals what the British expeditionary forces stood for: anti-slavery.
In his book, The Downfall of Prempeh – the brutal African King who sold his people into slavery – Baden-Powell wrote:
“Briefly, then, we may look on the following as the main reasons and objects for the expedition:–
To put an end to human sacrifice.
To put a stop to slave trading and raiding.
To ensure peace and security for the neighbouring tribes…