Background on Ethiopia’s History and Culture:
What first comes to mind when we speak the word, Ethiopia? The Queen of Sheba, ancient Christianity, the Ark of the Covenant, Haile Selassie, famine?
Geography and trade routes are important to consider when speaking of Ethiopia. With the Rift Valley to the south, Ethiopia is the home of "Lucy," the 3.5-million-year-old hominid (chimpanzee-like pre-human). The trade routes from Egypt and Sudan to the north and the Saudi Arabian peninsula to the east brought the country into world history earlier than most other African countries. The country’s mountainous geography has both contributed to its isolation and has helped it remain a poli...Read More