Interesting Play on the Historic Treaty of Wuchale (Video)
Interesting play on the 125th anniversary of the controversial Treaty of Wuchale which was signed in 1889.
The treaty of Wuchale was a treaty signed by King Menelik II of Shewa with Count Pietro Antonelli of Italy in the town of Wuchale, Ethiopia, on May 2, 1889.
Disputes over Article 17 regarding the conduct of foreign affairs led to the battle of Adwa. The Italian version stated that Ethiopia was obliged to conduct all foreign affairs through Italian authorities, in effect making Ethiopia an Italian protectorate, while the Amharic version gave Ethiopia considerable autonomy, with the option of communicating with third powers through the Italians.
The misunderstanding was due to the mistranslation of a verb, which formed a permissive clause in Amharic and a mandatory one in Italian.
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