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However, expansion further inland soon led to clashes with Emperor Yohannes.
In 1887, Ras Alula's forces inflicted a heavy defeat on the Italians at Dogali, forcing them to retreat.
Christianity was the predominant faith of Axum introduced through contact with traders throughout the region.
By the 6th century AD the Persian Empire expanded and with it went the expansion of Islam.
In 710 AD Muslims destroyed Adulis and the ancient kingdom of Axum declined until it was reduced to a small Christian Enclave.
For the next few centuries, the region settled into being a remote, isolated community only re-emerging by the early 16th century as Abyssinia.
Their language evolved into Ge'ez, related to today's Amhara, still spoken by Christian priests in Eritrea and Ethiopia.
Yohannes was eventually killed after being captured in battle against the Dervishes at Galabat. This allowed Menelik to be named Yohannes successor in 1889 with substantial Italian backing, instead of the natural heir, Ras Mangasha.
But as the European 'Scramble for Africa' gathered pace, the Italian government took over the land in 1882 and began to administer it directly.
They also ousted the Egyptians from Massawa on the coast.
Yohannes's forces won a significant battle against the Egyptians at Gura in 1875.
From this victory, Yohannes' foremost General, Ras Alula, became governor of the province of Hamasien and prince of Eritrea.
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