Angot

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Angot was an Ethiopian province of medieval times, which ceased to exist following the Oromo migrations. It was bordered on the west by Bugna and the Afar lowlands to the east and southeast, Ambassel to the southwest and Lasta to the north.

Imperial capital[edit]

Emperor Dil Na'od relocated the capital to Ku'bar (probably modern Hayq) on the shore of Lake Hayq, south of Angot in ancient Bete Amhara province, and built the Istifanos Monastery. Aksum by that time was no longer the center of the Christian kingdom, and was instead a frontier town, threatened from the west and south by the Falash people or "Beta Israel" and from the north by invading Beja tribes. Angot was a much more defensible position, a decision that proved wise when Beta Israel captured Aksum during Queen Gudit's invasion. Ethiopian Solomonic Kings, including those in Ambasel mountain prison, were known as Bete Israel for centuries.

Ku'bar remained the capital until the Zagwe dynasty rose to power and moved the capital to Adefa (now known as Lalibela) in their home region of Bugna. Still there is a small village of Christian Amhara community (as it was in ancient times) called Angot in western Yejju.

End[edit]

Angot was on the front line between Abyssinia and the Afar lowlands, and after the war it was occupied by the Yejju Oromo and the territory became known as Yejju province. After 1941, it became part of Wollo Province, and is now the eastern half of North Wollo Zone.

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