Let's discuss one of the most interesting countries on the African continent. What do you know about Ethiopian history?
>Is one of the oldest Christian countries, having adopted it in the 4th century
>One of the only nations in Africa to resist colonialisation
>Only country in Africa with its own unique alphabet
>First country to cultivate coffee
>Is apparently the final resting place for the biblical Ark of the Covenant.
>emperor of Ethiopia kidnaps a few British subjects because the Queen didn't accept his love letters
>the British spend 9 million pounds (1868 i.e. the equivalent of like 30 billion pounds today) just to get them back
>build a port from scratch and march through the interior telling every local to stay the fuck out of their way
>6 months later after entering a completely unknown foreign land finally reach the centre
>besiege the emperor in his mountain fortress
>he commits suicide with a gun sent to him by Queen Victoria
>give a shit load of armaments to one of the Ethiopians who let them past who uses them to go on and become the first modern leader of Ethiopia
Why? Would you rather I ask a very specific question about Ethiopia that will muster 5 replies before the thread dies? This way we can have a general discussion of Ethiopia's history for those that are interested.
the main population of Switzerland are moslty germans ,french and italians (and other europeans in general)
the main population of Ethiopia are mosly africans
>>cant be a coincidende
My main exposure to their culture was the Ethiopiques compilation albums.
Look at him, so high and mighty. Hogging all that lovely coastline...
It's been awhile since I read them, but I remember being really impressed with the importance of Axum as an ancient civilization after I had read some of his stuff. Trade between Axum (which at the time controlled the port of Adulis) was far reaching and seemed fairly important in the ancient world.