The 120thVictory Anniversary of the Battle of Adwa March 2, 2015

Posted: March 2, 2016 in Ethiopia - the Secret of Africa

The Victory at Adwa Day is an Ethiopian public holiday that commemorates the victory of the Ethiopian Empire over the Kingdom of Italy in 1896. It is celebrated on March 2.

On May 2, 1889 King Menelik II of Shewa, who later became the Emperor of Ethiopia and Count Pietro Antonelli of Italy signed the Treat of Wuchale.

The Italians notified the European powers that the treaty granted them a protectorate over Ethiopia. The Ethiopians protested, but their protests were ignored. As a result, the First Italo-Ethiopian war broke out in 1895.

The Battle of Adwa was the decisive battle of the war that secured sovereignty of Ethiopia. On March 1, 1896, Italian troops advanced towards the town of Adwa in the Tigray region. Ethiopian troops commanded by Emperor Menelik II completely defeated the Italian armed forces on March 2. As a result of the battle, Italy recognized Ethiopia as an independent state by signing the Treaty of Addis Ababa.


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