The Info List - Italo–Ethiopian Treaty Of 1928

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The ITALO-ETHIOPIAN TREATY OF 1928, also known as the ITALO–ETHIOPIAN TREATY OF FRIENDSHIP AND ARBITRATION, was a treaty signed between the Kingdom of Italy (Regno d\'Italia ) and the Ethiopian Empire
Ethiopian Empire
(Abyssinia ) on 2 August 1928.

Nigiste Negest Zewditu I ruled Ethiopia
at the time of this treaty. But it was 36-year-old Ras Tafari Makonnen who represented the government of Ethiopia. Tafari, while still in his minority, was heir apparent and Regent Plenipotentiary .

Within two months, on 7 October 1928, Ras Tafari would be proclaimed Negus . A little over two years later, on 2 November 1930, Zewditu had died and Tafari was proclaimed Nəgusä Nägäst Haile Selassie I .


* 1 Background * 2 Details * 3 Aftermath * 4 See also * 5 Notes * 6 References * 7 External links


In 1926, Italy and Britain attempted a joint commercial penetration of Ethiopia. By bringing pressure jointly upon Ras Tafari, the Italians planned to exploit a railway and the British hoped to construct a mighty water works for irrigating the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan . While Tafari yielded momentarily, he subsequently made a protest to the League of Nations
League of Nations
so potent that British public opinion turned against the water works scheme and it was cancelled. This left the Italians in the lurch.

Rather than give up his own plans, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini enlisted the aid of King
Victor Emmanuel\'s cousin, the Duke
of Abruzzi . In 1928, with pomp and panoply, the Duke
and a suite of Royal proportions crossed the Mediterranean
, sailed down the eastern coast of Africa , and then struck inland to Ethiopia
and its remote capital, Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa
. The Duke
thawed the suspicious Tafari's reservations by giving him a large Isotta Fraschini
Isotta Fraschini
limousine, a luxurious Italian product which at that time sold in the United States for some $18,000 (equivalent to US$257,000 in 2017) along with many other gifts.


The treaty declared a 20-year friendship between the two nations, access to the sea for Ethiopia, a road for Italy, and an agreement to settle future disagreements through the League of Nations. Also, the treaty did this:

* Provide a concession to Ethiopia
at the Red Sea
Red Sea
port of Asseb
in the Italian colony of Eritrea
. * Call for the two nations to co-operate in building a road between Asseb
and Dessie
. * Make the border between Italian Somaliland
Italian Somaliland
and Ethiopia
21 leagues parallel to the Benadir
coast (approximately 57.5 mi).


Both sides were at cross-purposes when they approached the Italo-Ethiopian Treaty of 1928. Mussolini wanted the treaty to be a vehicle that allowed Italy to penetrate Ethiopia
economically. He never intended to approach the League of Nations
League of Nations
for arbitration. Meanwhile, Ras Tafari wanted arbitration but never intended to allow the Italian road from the sea to be built. He considered the road from Asseb
to be a natural invasion route.


* Italian Colonial Empire * Abyssinia Crisis * Second Italo-Ethiopian War
Second Italo-Ethiopian War
* League of Nations
League of Nations
* Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi



* ^ Usually translated as Queen of Kings or Empress . * ^ Roughly equivalent to Duke
. * ^ Usually translated as King
. * ^ Usually translated as King of Kings
King of Kings
or Emperor .


* ^ Nicolle, The Italian Invasion of Abyssinia 1935-1936, p. 7 * ^ Marcus, A history of Ethiopia, p.126 * ^ A B "Fascist New Year", Time Magazine
Time Magazine
, New York City
New York City
: Time Inc , 1928-11-05, (Subscription required (help)) * ^ A B Marcus, A history of Ethiopia, p.126


* Marcus, Harold G. (1994). A History of Ethiopia. London: University of California Press. p. 316. ISBN 0-520-22479-5 . * Nicolle, David (1997). The Italian Invasion of Abyssinia 1935-1936. Westminster, MD: Osprey. pp. 48 pages. ISBN 978-1-85532-692-7 .