Saturday, March 21, 2009

DUTCH HOSPITAL RETURNS GHANAIAN KING'S HEAD

Royalblog News Summary

The severed head of King Badu Bonsu II is going home to Ghana, around 170 years after it was hacked off in retaliation for the slayings of two Dutch emissaries whose skulls were hung from the tribal leader's throne.

Bonsu's head was discovered last year in a jar of formaldehyde at the Leiden University Medical Center's anatomical collection. Ghana, when informed about the discovery, asked for it to be returned and the Dutch government asked the hospital to cooperate.
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The Dutch established trading and slave posts in Ghana in the late 1500s, and remained involved in the country _ then known in Europe as the Gold Coast _ until late in the 19th century.

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