Battle of Adwa

Smithsonian Museum of African Art         Photo credit: Museum of African Art (permission pending)

Location: 950 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560

“On March 1 and 2, 1896, Ethiopian forces under Emperor Menelik II defeated the invading Italian army at the Battle of Adwa and thus prevented the imposition of colonial rule. Pride in this event reached beyond national borders; it became a symbol across Africa of resistance to colonial oppression. The Italian government’s formal recognition of the country was a blow to Italian pride and later contributed to Benito Mussolini’s invasion of Ethiopia during World War II. …” Museum of African Art