Why did Abyssinia become Ethiopia?


Why did Abyssinia become Ethiopia?

Ethiopia, formerly Abyssinia

Ethiopia is a landlocked country in East Africa that is bordered by Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, and Kenya. Its capital is Addis Ababa, and is home to over 109 million people, making it the most populous landlocked country on Earth, as well as the second most populous country in Africa, after Nigeria. Ethiopia was the nucleus of various African and Middle Eastern empires, namely the Ethiopian Empire that lasted from 1270 to 1974, when it was overthrown by the Communist Derg, and the Aksumite Empire that lasted from roughly 80 BC to 825 AD. It was among the first states to convert to Christianity, and the majority of its population today adheres to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

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Ethiopia was known as Abyssinia by most of the world until after World War II, where thanks to the efforts of its Emperor Haile Selassie I, Ethiopia...

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