Wollo Province

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Provinces of Ethiopia in 1935
Provinces of Ethiopia in 1935
Provinces of Ethiopia from 1942 to 1995
Provinces of Ethiopia from 1942 to 1995

Wollo (Amharic: ወሎ) is a historical region and province in the northeastern part of Ethiopia, with its capital city at Dessie. An older name for Wollo, before 1850 AD, is Bete Amhara.[1]

Following the defeat of Italian colonial authority in 1941, Amhara Sayint, Lasta, Raya, Wag and Yejju were annexed to Wollo.[2] Peasant rebellions rocked the province, which included the Woyane rebellion in 1943, and revolts of the Yejju in 1948 and 1970.[3] With the adoption of the new constitution in 1995, Wollo was divided between the Afar Region, which absorbed the part of the province that extended into the Afar Depression; the Tigray Region, which absorbed the northwestern corner; and the Amhara Region, which absorbed the remainder of the province in the Ethiopian Highlands.


  1. ^ 1818 AD Pinkerton Map of Abyssinia (Ethiopia), Sudan & Nubia
  2. ^ This list of provinces is based on the map in Bahru Zewde, A History of Modern Ethiopia (London: James Currey, 1991), p. 86.
  3. ^ Sarah Vaughan, "Ethnicity and Power in Ethiopia" (University of Edinburgh: Ph.D. Thesis, 2003), p. 126

Coordinates: 11°30′N 40°00′E / 11.500°N 40.000°E / 11.500; 40.000