1890s culture

black people in Victorian Britain - Eleanor Xiniwe, The African Choir. London Stereoscopic Company, 1891.

black people in Victorian Britain - Eleanor Xiniwe, The African Choir. London Stereoscopic Company, 1891.

A view of the Strand around 1890, taken from in front of St Mary le Strand. On the left is Somerset House, where Dickens's father John worked as a clerk for the Navy Pay Office.

A view of the Strand around 1890, taken from in front of St Mary le Strand. On the left is Somerset House, where Dickens's father John worked as a clerk for the Navy Pay Office.

The Battle of Adwa, in which Ethiopian forces under Emperor Menelik II united to defeat an invading force of Italian troops, was one of the most significant turning points in the history of modern Africa. It occurred, in 1896, when the “colonial era” was well advanced on the African continent, and it served notice that Africa was not just there “for the taking” by European powers.

The Battle of Adwa, in which Ethiopian forces under Emperor Menelik II united to defeat an invading force of Italian troops, was one of the most significant turning points in the history of modern Africa. It occurred, in 1896, when the “colonial era” was well advanced on the African continent, and it served notice that Africa was not just there “for the taking” by European powers.

Collection | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Collection | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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