For years Portugal had colonies in Africa. In , as liberation movements swept across colonial Africa, the Portuguese flag still flew over vast expanses of territory across the continent.
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This book details each of these liberation movements, focusing on the equipment, uniforms and organization of the Portuguese forces. Biographical Note. Peter Abbott is a retired university lecturer. He has written or co-authored a number of Men-at-Arms titles for Osprey. He is particularly interested in 19th and 20th century armies that are less well known to the English speaking reader, and he has been collecting material on the various Ukrainian forces for many years.
A respected historian specializing in 20th century Africa, Manuel Rodrigues also contributed to this book. Colonization was a power-based racist ruling system. It was a system that was filled with violence, abuse, resource exploitation or looting and was derogatory. When it was initially established, it was meant to keep Europeans superior and Africans inferior at all times.
However, this hypocritical goal was dismantled by the determined struggles of Africans for freedom, following the example of Adwa. The colonizers used to conceal their malevolent aim of coming to Africa by saying that they were coming to Africa to help Africans educate and develop.
This was a conference to negotiate the scrambling and partitioning of Africa without causing conflicts among the colonial powers themselves.
Africans had struggled against European colonization since its beginning and their struggles have been documented in history. The Algerians had fought against the French colonizers for over 17 years. In their struggle, they had used Islamism as their unifying instrument. Other nations also had similar struggles. The Sudan fighters in Omdurman had sacrificed a lot to defeat the British colonizers. In , the Sudan lost 11, fighters while the Brits lost only 49 fighters.
This was because the fighters of the colonizer led by General Kitchener were equipped with automatic machine guns. This African anti-colonial hero was captured and exiled to Gabon and died there in Furthermore, among the different people who resisted and fought against the colonial powers were the Ndebele people of Zimbabwe in , the Asante people of Ghana in , the Herero people of Namibia in , and the Maji Maji anti-colonial forces of Tanzania in Yet, Ethiopia was the only nation that combated and overcame the colonial power. Ethiopia was able to protect its sovereignty as a result of the preparation for fighting at equal capacity and weapons: gun to gun, artillery to artillery, without being excelled by the technology the enemy had.
Ethiopia was an example for other African nations in their fight for freedom and against colonization. Ethiopia firmly imprinted her pride as a giant immovable mountain by refusing and winning white racist supremacy and served as a light of freedom for others. Finally, Ethiopia is a visible, tangible, living African icon of freedom. When we also look at the colors of flags, several African countries, upon independence, chose to adopt the basic colors of the Ethiopian green, yellow and red flag as their symbol of freedom and identity, though arrangements vary.
The well-known Reggae singers, including Bob Marley, had the three basic colors on their jackets, belts or drums. African leaders who led the anti-colonial and anti-apartheid struggles and later who became leaders of their respective free nations witnessed the following about Ethiopia:. They are great Africans; they have bravely fought and preserved their freedom, and they showed the way to freedom to the whole Africa.
The great anti-apartheid fighter Nelson Mandela also gave an unforgettable description of Ethiopia by saying that Ethiopia is the source of his African identity. Adwa is a reminder for the current proud generation to fight against any enemy for the sake of their identity, history, culture and religion.
Ethiopians were victorious over the invading Italian force by having consciously gathered information, designed strategies, and being well prepared in advance. Further, they were united.
The deep love and knowledge that Adwa instilled in black people had astonishingly re-erupted after 40 years when the enemy invaded Ethiopia again and massacred thousands. Black Harlemites wanted to join the resistance against the Fascist invaders. The outstanding victory of Adwa showed that African struggles could end colonization.
The victory inspired people to fight for their freedom. Adwa is a timeless victory that enabled Africans all over the world to grow and prosper by maintaining their freedom and peace. An upcoming special presentation by Dr. Professor Ayele, who gave a lecture on the same subject last week at Central Connecticut State University, told Tadias that his talk in New York will likewise include the contemporary alliance between Ethiopia and Italy as well as plans to establish a Pan-African University in Ethiopia. Ayele is an associate professor and coordinator of international affairs in the Department of Heritage Conservation, Institute of Paleo-Enviornment and Heritage Conservation at Mekelle University.
Moreover, Dr. This past weekend in Washington, D. The program was held both in celebration of Adwa as well as to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves through their dedicated contribution to Ethiopian society at large. Moreover, Adwa became the symbol of anti-colonial struggles in Africa.
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With the decisive defeat of a colonial army, Adwa set the stage for unscrambling Africa. Adwa, as Rubenson correctly puts it, has become a seal of victory. It was a victory that signaled the beginning of the end of the European colonial agenda and operation in Africa. From their victories over invading Egyptians in the s, over Sudanese Mahdists in the s, and over Italians in the s, Ethiopians gained a reputation as spirited fighters determined to maintain sovereignty.
Ethiopian patriots crushed the colonial ambition of the Italian invaders at the Battle of Adwa. The victory was so decisive; it instantly became a symbol of hope and a concrete foundation for the realization of Pan-African solidarity and institution in Africa. It was the deliberate plan of Europe to colonize the entire continent of Africa with the intent of exploiting its human and natural resources.
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The beginning of the end of the process of exploitation was ushered when the Ethiopian patriots stopped the Italian colonial ambition at the battlefield of Adwa. Adwa, therefore, signifies the valiant anti-colonial resistance and liberation of Africans in their immediate history. Adwa also signifies the renaissance and progress of Africa as it projects itself to March 1, is the one hundred twentieth anniversary of the historic battle victory at Adwa. It is therefore a special anniversary. We use the special occasion to give thanks to our valiant patriots who paid extraordinary sacrifices to protect and defend our motherland.
We give thanks to our visionary leaders and vow to remember for generations to come their phenomenal accomplishments.
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We immediately identify with the 6, Ethiopian patriots who gave their lives on the battlefield of Adwa so that we continue to live free. Our dignity and love of country are tied with the over 8, Ethiopian patriots who were wounded at the battlefield. There is no doubt that a seal of victory is achieved at Adwa because of unity and willingness of our people to defend the motherland. Unity was the correct stand then and it should be embraced as a correct stand now for economic, social and political progress.
To make an emphasis on unity is not to push for some ideological or what some call chauvinistic agenda. It is indeed to reiterate the historical truth forever recorded at the battlefield of Adwa. It was the united, voluntary and determined Ethiopian army that stopped the colonial ambition of the Italians over our country.
Out of Adwa, there emerged a plural people called Ethiopians.
Photo: By Ayele Bekerie. Victory at Adwa has informed the freedom narrative of the new Ethiopia and new Africa, free from colonialism. Adwa has paved the way for Pan-African economic, political and cultural activities. New Ethiopia is a reference to the historic outcome of Adwa. Ethiopians from all corners of the country heeded the call of Emperor Menelik II and marched to Adwa. They fought and died at Adwa. Those who paid the ultimate sacrifice were from the northern and southern parts of the country.
They were from the eastern and western part of the country. It was a diverse but united force that expanded the meaning of Ethiopian identity. By the same token, it is fair to argue that the victory gave rise to a new Africa. It is new because it is a product of the many anti-colonial struggles. It is new because it gave rise to a Pan-African agenda that placed the interests of Africans at center stage. The issue of who we are has been irreversibly solved at Adwa. A multiethnic and multicultural Ethiopia is our reality for good. Our plurality frames our sense of identity.
Out of Adwa rises the importance of shared national identity. The task should be to perfect our diverse but united life and living. The task is also to address grievances and injustices borne out of our long history. The task is to triangulate the individual, ethnic and religious rights by anchoring them to a constitutional framework. The task is to shy away from absolutist tendencies and practices and strive to build a just and democratic society. Adwa, at present, is engaged in fast and unprecedented urban development. High rise buildings and multilane boulevards are being built changing the face of the historic town.
It has come to our attention that some of the new infrastructure may have compromised the historic battlefield sites endangering the plan to register Adwa as a world heritage site. Urban development without heritage conservation at a minimum is tantamount to the desecration of the memories of our martyrs. At a maximum, it is shortsighted, for it irreversibly destroys the required evidence for registering Adwa as a world heritage.
It can be argued that the registry has the capacity to bring about sustainable economic benefits to the people of Adwa. Adwa is a hallowed ground.