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The Hero of the battle of Aadwa
Ras Alula Aba Nega


Ras Alula (1847 - 1897) was perhaps one of the most successful and fearless Ethiopian commanders of the 19th century. His claim to fame include establishing the city of Asmara and winning no less than ten decisive battles against foreign invaders (examples include Gura in 1876 against the Egyptians,

Dogali in 1887, Adwa in 1896). Despite his humble beginnings as a son of a farmer,
he rose to become what one foreign historian called "the greatest leader" that Ethiopia has produced since the death of Emperor Theodros in 1868. As remembered by Ethiopians and reflected in their literature, "the famous and brave Ras Alula" was a great warrior whose valor and military skill contributed greatly to various important victories over Ethiopian Enemies. Both Italian involvement in Ethiopian affairs.

Professor Haggai Erlich's Ras Alula and the Scramble for Africa: A Political Biography has all the ingredients of personal drama. The life and times of this greate Ethiopian political figure of the 19th century in its vicissitudes over Ethiopia.

Source: Ethio Media and Haggai Erlich's "Ras Alula and the Scramble for Africa."

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Here are some Royal correspondences: letters of Ethiopian officials from the 19th and 20th centuries
[ in Amharic ]

Emperor Menelik II to Pope Leo the 13th.

Emperor Menelik II to Pope Leo the 13th.

Emperor Tewodros:
letter 1

Emperor Tewodros:
letter 2

Empress Taytu:
letter 1

Empress Taytu:
letter 2

 

 

 


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