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Men·e·lik II

 (mĕn′ə-lĭk) 1844-1913.
Ethiopian emperor (1889-1913) who established independence from Italy and expanded Ethiopia's borders through military conquests.
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Menelik II

(Biography) 1844–1913, emperor of Abyssinia (1889–1910). He defeated the Italians at Aduwa (1896), maintaining the independence of Abyssinia in an era of European expansion in Africa
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Men•e•lik II

(ˈmɛn l ɪk)
1844–1913, emperor of Ethiopia 1889–1913.
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The whole African continent is well represented in volume one of roo Great African Kings and Queens, with interesting stories of Queen Nzinga of Angola, Queen Yaa Asantevvaa of Ghana, Queen Amina of Nigeria, Emperor Menelik II of Ethiopia, King Shaka ka Sezangakhona of South Africa (who famously said "Never leave an enemy behind"), and the pyramid king of the world, Khufu of Egypt.
Boundaries of the protectorate, marked out in 1897 by France and Emperor Menelik II of Ethiopia, were affirmed further by agreements with Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I in 1945 and 1954.
Africans thus only enter the story as colleagues and competitors of Europeans involved in exploration and conquest, most notably Emperor Menelik II of Ethiopia. Quest for the Jade Sea is about the often quixotic quest of outsiders to gain control of this remote and forsaken land.