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The kingdom of Damot and its neighbours. The Sultanate of Shewa eventually became a tributary of Damot.

Damot (Amharic: ዳሞት) was a medieval kingdom in what is now Ethiopia, and neighbor to the Ethiopian Empire. Originally located south of the Abay and west of the Muger River,[1] under the pressure of Oromo attacks the rulers were forced to resettle north of the Abay in southern Gojjam between 1574 and 1606.[2]

The kings, who bore the title Motalami, resided in a town which, according to the hagiography of Tekle Haymanot, was called Malbarde.[3] Their territory extended east beyond the Muger as far as the Jamma.[1]


  1. ^ a b G.W.B. Huntingford, Historical Geography of Ethiopia from the first century AD to 1704 (London: British Academy, 1989), p. 69
  2. ^ The dates for this movement are discussed by Huntingford in his Historical Geography, at pp. 143f
  3. ^ Bouanga 2014, pp. 33-37.

Further reading[edit]

  • (in French) Bouanga, Ayda (2013). Le Damot dans l'histoire de l'Ethiopie (XIIIe-XXe siècles) : recompositions religieuses, politiques et historiographiques. Université Panthéon-Sorbonn.
  • (in French) Bouanga, Ayda (2014). "Le royaume du Damot : enquête sur une puissance politique et économique de la Corne de l'Afrique (XIIIe siècle)" (PDF). Annales d'Ethiopie. 29: 27–58. doi:10.3406/ethio.2014.155.