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The Akan are a native African settlement found in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - The African Royals. Like all natives, they can be allied with by building a Trading Post at their Trading Post site.


  • Akan ankobia portrait.png Akan Ankobia: Akan warrior firing a powerful old musket.
  • Akan Tufohen Portrait Updated.png Akan Tufohen: Powerful African Warchief who gains strength from nearby Native Warriors. Can heal and build. Good against cavalry.


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Akan Asafo.png Akan Asafo 200 food,
200 wood,
200 coin
Ships the Akan Tufohen
Akan Drums.png Akan Fontomfrom 250 wood,
250 coin
Infantry train time -20% and speed +5%; Akan Tufohen respawn time -20%
Akan gold economy.png Akan Gold Economy 325 food,
325 wood
Ships 1 Gold Prospector Wagon; Villagers gather from mines 10% faster
Akan Cocoa Beans.png Akan Cocoa Beans 175 wood,
175 coin
Villagers gather from Berry Bushes and Cherry Orchards 30% faster; Villagers gather from Mills, Farms, Rice Paddies (food), and Fields (food) 10% faster
Akan Palm Oil Exports.png Akan Palm Oil Exports 50 food,
50 wood
Exchanges all food for 0.5× the wood and coin


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The Akan are also a Commerce Age Alliance option for the Hausa. Allying with the Akan to advance into the Commerce Age or higher allow Akan Ankobias to be trained at the Palace and Native Embassy, and the Gold Economy and Palm Oil Exports technologies to be researched at the University.


Colonial age up.png 1 Native Embassy Builder and 400 influence
Fortress age up.png 6 Akan Ankobias
Industrial age up.png 8 Akan Ankobias
Imperial age up.png 16 Akan Ankobias

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Akan units speak Akan language, a Central Tano language and the principal native language of the Akan people of Ghana, spoken over much of the southern half of Ghana.

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The Akan (meaning "enlightened") are an indigenous people of West Africa. Inhabiting a region fruitful in both produce and gold, they enjoyed immense wealth throughout the late medieval and early modern periods. For all its benefits, this opulence attracted the avarice of European explorers and adventurers, particularly the Portuguese, British, and Dutch.

A complicated dynamic ensued: the power and wealth of the Akan fueled generally effective resistance to Europeans who sought to encroach on their homelands and subjugate them, but it was just as often leveraged to actively participate in the trans-Atlantic slave trade through the capturing, buying, and selling of slaves. Although the British eventually subjugated the Akan in the early 20th century, this dominion was only very temporary, and the Akan nations regained independence several decades later.