Lake Ashangi, Abyssinia, 1868

Cornelius Francis (Frank) James

Lake Ashangi, Abyssinia, 1868
2 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

Lake Ashangi, Abyssinia, 1868.

Watercolour by Captain Cornelius Francis James, Bombay Staff Corps, 1868.

After his diplomatic overtures to the British for help against his Moslem enemies had been ignored (including a letter to Queen Victoria), King Theodore of Ethiopia imprisoned the British Consul, Captain Charles Cameron, along with several missionaries and other civilians. Lieutenant-General Sir Robert (later Field Marshal Lord) Napier's expeditionary force was subsequently despatched but it took the British forces three months to march over 400 miles (640 km) of mountainous terrain to the foot of King Theodore's fortress at Magdala. En route they stopped at Lake Ashangi on 17 March 1868, located around 100 miles (160 km) from their goal. In order to lighten their loads for the remainder of their trek, the men were put on half-rations by their commander, Lieutenant-General Sir Robert (later Field Marshal Lord) Napier.

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NAM. 1990-01-75-1

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