By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (May 28, 2024) – In this edition of Fun with Maps we observe the celebration of then end of a troubled military era in Ethiopia.

Old Homeland

Ethiopia is in the northeast portion of Africa, near the Horn of Africa.

Most of the modern-day country is quite mountainous, thus not easy to travel through.  That explains the diverse population in it with 80 ethnic groups with an overall population of 130 million or about 11 times that of Ohio.

Ethiopia is the only African country not colonized over the years, in part because of its mountainous terrain, although the Italians did occupy it briefly prior to World War II.

It is believed that anatomically modern humans emerged from here and migrated from this area to populate the rest of the earth 300,000 to 50,000 years ago.

Today is Ethiopia National Day commemorating the end of the tyrannical Derg military rule in 1991.

This Rand McNally map of Ethiopia (in yellow) is from 1899.

Ethiopia -Circa 1899 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.