“Let others know that this region is ours.” - Menelik II

“Let others know that this region is ours.” - Menelik II

First Italo-Ethiopian War: Menelik’s Advisors

To my esteemed advisors,

The die has been cast and war is upon us. Too often have we seen our neighboring states fall victim to the plague that is European imperialism. Today we take a stand! As the King of Kings, as the one true ruler of Ethiopia, I will not let our kingdom fall to the Italians.  While the Italians may have machines and weapons beyond ours, we know this land. What we lack in supplies, we make up for in number and bravery. We may yet be able to beseech the support of the Russians, United Kingdom, and France and turn the tides in our favor and show all of Europe that Ethiopia shall go! In my great name, I implore you to come forth and help in this great removal of the Italians.

Your King,

Menelik II


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