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Adwa (äˈdwä), Aduwa, or Adowa (both: äˈdəwä), Ital. Adua, town, Tigray region, N Ethiopia. Lying on the highway between Aksum and Adigrat, Adwa is an agricultural trade center. Adwa was the most important commercial center of Tigray in the 19th cent., but declined in the 1870s as a result of the dislocation caused by the fighting between Ethiopia and Egypt. In 1896, Adwa was the site of the battle in which Menelik II decisively defeated Italian invaders and forced them out of Ethiopia.


See R. Jonas, The Battle of Adwa (2011).

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city in northern Ethiopia, in Tigre Province. Located at an elevation of 2,000 m. A road junction, Aduwa has a population of 12,500 (1965). It is a center of trade in grain, oilseed, and hides; handicrafts include leatherworking and weaving.

Just outside Aduwa, on March 1, 1896, during the Italo-Ethiopian War of 1895–96, Ethiopian troops under Negus Menelik II routed an Italian expeditionary force sent to Aduwa. Italy was forced to cut short its aggression against Ethiopia.

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, Adowa
a town in N Ethiopia: Emperor Menelik II defeated the Italians here in 1896. Pop.: 17 476 (1989 est.)
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