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Amhara, Abyssinia (Province) 1911 Profile



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AMHARA, the central province of Abyssinia. The chief town, Gondar, by which name the province is also known, was the residence of the negus negusti, or emperor, of Abyssinia from the middle ages up to 1854. The speech of the inhabitants, Amharic, which differs in several features from the dialects spoken in Tigre and Shoa, is the official language of Abyssinia.

      "Amhara," The Encyclopedia Britannica. Volume 1, A to Androphagi (11th ed.), (New York: Encyclopedia Britannica, 1911); digital edition, (http://mygenshare.com : posted 15 Jan 2013)

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