African history is fascinating. There are so many peoples, tribes, former colonies, cultures, conflicts, nations. One of the most interesting nations in Africa is Ethiopia. According to Ethiopian history and tradition, Menelik, a son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, ruled Ethiopia c. 950 B.C.E. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE. Shoot forward hundreds of centuries to 1844 and a baby boy--Named Menelik II--is born. Above is an image of Menelik II on an Ethiopian coin from 1889 E.E.(photo: Heritage Auction Galleries); below are two photos from different times during his reign.
It was at the Battle of Adwa that King Menelik II of Ethiopia defeated the Italian army. It was the first time an African army defeated one from Europe.