Aksum was a trading power centered on the Red Sea. Sabaean-speakers from Arabia set up trading towns on the Eritrean coast of northeastern Africa, south of Egypt. They mixed with the existing peoples and developed into a new people, the Ge'ez-speakers of Aksum. Their Red Sea port, Adulis, became the largest ivory market in northeast Africa, taking away trade from the interior kingdom of Meroe. The Kingdom of Aksum lasted from about 100 to 700 AD. Ethiopian history goes back to 1000 BC.(1, 2)
Makeda - Queen of Sheba during the time of Solomon (2)
Ezana - King of Aksum (1)
Tamrin - Merchant during the time of Makeda, Queen of Sheba (2)
(1) History of Africa, Kevin Shillington, New York, St. Martin's Press, 1989, 1995.
(2) Great Civilizations of Ancient Africa, Lester Brooks, New York: Four Winds Press, 1971.
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