The Legacy of EMPEROR MENELIK II…

Emperor Menelik II would live & continue to rule until his passing on December 12th, 1913.

On November 2, 1889 Menelik II was crowned Negusa-Nagast (King of Kings) of Abysinnia, Emperor of Ethiopia. Most famous for defeating the invading armies of Italy, at the Battle of Adwa in 1896; Emperor Menelik II extended the reach of the Ethiopian Empire and championed massive improvements to the overall infrastructure of the nation.  Under the rule of Emperor Menelik, Ethiopia would expand its territory as far south as Kenya-as west as Sudan-and as to what is now Somalia in the west.  Railroads, Schools, Hospitals, Industry & Utilities were built and/or improved during his reign.

In regard to his military triumph over Italy, the ability to fight off an alliance of Italy, Eritrea, Tigray remains as one of Ethiopia’s proudest moments.  Most impressive of all details is that the military feat was accomplished with an army equipped with only spears, machetes & a few rifles.

Emperor Menelik II would live & continue to rule until his passing on December 12th, 1913.  Ironically, H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie would also be crowned on that same date (November 2nd) in 1930.  He would also be remembered, among other shining accomplishments, for again turning away Italian invaders seeking to gain a stronger foothold on the African Continent.

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