Wednesday, October 26, 2011

On October 26

On this day in ...
... 1896 (115 years ago today), was signed the Treaty of Addis Ababa between Italy and Ethiopia. It abrogated the 1889 Treaty of Wichale, which had granted Italy protectorate status over Ethiopia. Italian control effectively had come to an end in March, with the Italian loss in the Battle of Adwa, and this treaty confirmed Italy's recognition of Ethiopia as a sovereign and independent state. Italy retained a protectorate over Eritrea, but the expanse of this colonial territory was reduced. (map credit)

(Prior October 26 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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