African Resistance to Colonial Rule: Menelik II (1844–1913), emperor of Ethiopia, defeated General Oreste Baratieri's Italian army and its Eritrean allies at the Battle of Adwa. This victory brought fame to the emperor outside of Ethiopia and consolidated the independence of the country until its invasion by Italy in 1935.
Abram Petrovich Hannibal (1696 - 1781). Sold into Turkish slavery, Abram Petrovich Hannibal was brought as a black servant to Czar Peter I, known as Peter the Great. He became one of the royal favorites, a general-in-chief and one of the best educated men in Russia. His great-grandson was Alexander Pushkin, the famous Russian writer who later glorified the deeds of his black ancestor in his book, The Negro of Peter the Great.
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