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Title:Chachaho and the Politics of the Northern Wallo-Bagemder Border
Author:Crummey, Donald
Year:1975
Periodical:Journal of Ethiopian Studies
Volume:13
Issue:1
Pages:1-9
Language:English
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:fortifications
history
1600-1699
1700-1799
1800-1899
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:Ccho marks the place at which the Italian road from Gondar to Dasse crosses the present Wllo-Bgmder border. The name itself applies to a river '(a northern tributary of the Bselo), an area, a village, and a fortified position, evidently on the Wllo side. Its principal feature, however, is that it is an extremely narrow spur linking the plateau of Gayent in the west to the plateau of Zbit Meda in the east. As such, Ccho indicates a critical strategic position on the chain of plateaux joining the Tana region in the west to Yjju in the east. The author examines its position as a strategic axis for national power from the early seventeenth century onward up to the reign of Meniiek (1889-1913), by which time Ccho's strategic importance had diminished and it had become little more than the border between governorships. Map, notes.
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