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The Battle of Chelenqo (also spelled Chalanko, Chalenko, Calanqo, Calanko, Chelenko, etc.) was an engagement fought on 9 January 1887 between the army of Shewa under Negus Menelik and Emir 'Abd Allah II ibn 'Ali 'Abd ash-Shakur of Harar. The Harari forces were routed, and Negus Menelik afterwards occupied and annexed the city of Harar.

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  • Battle of Chelenqo
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  • The Battle of Chelenqo (also spelled Chalanko, Chalenko, Calanqo, Calanko, Chelenko, etc.) was an engagement fought on 9 January 1887 between the army of Shewa under Negus Menelik and Emir 'Abd Allah II ibn 'Ali 'Abd ash-Shakur of Harar. The Harari forces were routed, and Negus Menelik afterwards occupied and annexed the city of Harar.
  • La bataille de Chelenqo se déroula le 6 janvier 1887 dans la plaine de Chelenqo entre les troupes du Shewa menées par Menelik II et les forces de l'émir Abdullaï. Les forces du royaume du Shewa remportèrent la victoire puis annexèrent la ville de Harer, ainsi que la province du Hararghe. Celles-ci furent placées sous l'administration du ras Mäkonnen, lequel s'était particulièrement illustré durant le combat.
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  • Battle of Chelenqo
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  • Harar as depicted in Sir Richard Francis Burton's book 'First Footsteps in East Africa: Or, An Exploration of Harar'; published 1856.
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  • Minimal, around 100 dead, 6-700 wounded
  • Substantial, est.1000 dead
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  • Battle of Chelenqo
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  • the campaigns of Menelik II
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  • • Beginning of the conquest of Hararghe province
  • • Capture of the city of Harar
  • • Decisive Shewan victory
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