Early Years ...

Haile Selassie was born Tafari Makonnon in Ejarsagoro on 23 July 1892 to Makonnen Wolde Mikael of Shoa and Yeshimabet Ali of Wollo. He was the youngest of 10 children Yeshimabet gave birth to. read

Italian Occupation ...

The Italians never forgot the defeat at Adwa dealt to them by the Ethiopians. Upon Mussolini taking over in Italy, he was bent on getting revenge. Italy was in a stratigic positon to invade Ethiopia; they had already established Eritrea and Somalia as colonies. French support, which had been vital in keeping Ethiopia from being colonized, begain to wane during the 1930s.read

Post Libration ...

The British, after librating Ethiopia from Italian rule in 1941, occupied Ethiopia themselves. It would take more than a decade before Britain was to completely surrender all land belonging to Ethiopia. The British milirary took position of Ogaden and other areas near Djibouti. The British dicated to the emperor how to conduct all matters of governership and nothing was to be put forth without their appoval. read

Haile Selassie As A Teen ...

Haile Selassie grew up in Harar. His father, Makonnen Wolde Mikael, was governor of Harar. At age 13, Haile Selassie was made a dejazmach by his father and given governorship of a nearby town. A year later, in 1906, Haile Selassie's father fell ill and passed away. Haile Selassie's half brother became governor of Harar and Haile read

Failed Coup of 1960 ...

In 1960, two brothers were nearly successful in deposing the emperor. The leading figure in the failed coup was Garmame Neway, who was educated in America and had become very dissatisfied with the backwardness of Ethiopia. Garmame's brother, Mengistu, was in charge of the Imperial Bodyguard. With the aide of his brother and other conspirators read

Campaign To Liberate Ethiopia ...

As part of the East African Campaign (World War II) one of the objectives was to remove the Italians out of Ethiopia, which the Italians had invaded and occupied on 1936. The British decided that they would help Ethiopians forces that had deserted into Kenya and Sudan. read

Haile Selassie and African Americans ...

By 1932, the emperor has several foreigners working for him in Addis Ababa but few were African American. The emperor succeeded in acquiring the services of a few African Americans but his efforts were mostly failures as very few Africans Americans moved to Ethiopia read

Second Italo-Ethiopian War ...

Ethiopia managed to stay independent through the Scramble for Africa and into the twentieth century due to diplomacy and a strong army. However, Ethiopia was also surrounded by two colonial super powers, England and France, and Italy. read

Exile In Bath ...

Haile Selassie went into exile from 1936 to 1941 when Ethiopia was invaded and occupied by Italy. The first four years he stayed in Bath, England after being given political asylum by the British. However, they would not have him stay in London as it would have been politically embarrassing. read

Imprisonment and Death ...

By 1974, the Derg had amassed great amount of power in Ethiopia. Besides the Derg, Ethiopia has just suffered through a major drought. Students, teachers and other members of the civilian were discontent with read

Haile Selassie and the United States ...

Haile Selassie had a special relationship with the United States. The United States is located thousands of miles away from Ethiopia and did not colonize a territory in East Africa like the Italians, British, and French. read