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AFRICANGLOBE - The celebration of the Battle of Adwa is the Ethiopian equivalent of U.S. Independence Day, Emperor Menelik II and the Empress Taytu, along with an army of Ethiopian citizens, repelled a well-armed Italian force on March 1, 1896. The Italians were trying to occupy and eventually colonize Ethiopia, but was sorely beaten in the Battle of Adwa.
AFRICANGLOBE - Menelik II (August 17, 1844 - December 12, 1913), Conquering Lion of Judah, Elect of God, King of Kings of Ethiopia was negus negust (emperor) of Ethiopia from 1889 to his death. Menelik II The son of King Haile Melekot of Shoa (1847 - 1855), was born in 1844 in Ankober, Shoa and heir to the Shewan branch of the Solomonic Dynasty which claimed descent from King Solomon of ancient Israel, and the Queen of Sheba.