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Europe’s ancient exploitation of Africa during the peak era for colonial conquests is well-documented.
From 1885 through 1914, there were seven globally powered European nations that claimed geographic portions of Africa as their own. Great Britain, France, Germany, Portugal, Italy, Belgium, and Spain were the European nations that colonized what was almost the entirety of the African continent. Europeans laid claim to every sovereign African civilization they could in a sadistic fashion.
However, during the late 19th century and early 20th century, two African nations were untouched: Ethiopia and Liberia.
The British and French conquests of Africa were by far the most aggressive. Most of Africa’s landmass, at that time, was controlled by either Britain or France. Usually, when history-related talks of sadistic colonial conquests come up, the depraved acts committed by European Kings (or other male rulers) are primarily identified. Many infamous tales of their torture are common knowledge.
However, during the “golden age” of Britain’s evil expeditions in Africa, it was a Queen responsible for the worst treachery.
The British Queen Victoria was born in 1819 and died in 1901 when she was around 82-years-old. The so-called “Victorian Era” of Britain’s imperial rulership of the globe was one of the longest European reigns in history. Queen Victoria inherited the British throne when she was around 22-years-old. She ruled for 64 years and participated in Europe’s exploitation of Africa.
Even though Ethiopia was never colonized, there were a few European nations that tried. Britain was one of them. Queen Victoria’s personal journal has been preserved. To this day, it sits in the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle. During the Victorian Era, English people called Ethiopia “Abyssinia.”
In her journal, Victoria wrote with obsessed curiosity about an underage Ethiopian royal. She referred to him as “The Abyssinian Boy.” His name was Prince Alamayou. He was the son of the Ethiopian monarch, Emperor Tewodros II. Tewodros II led Ethiopia from 1855 until 1968. He was a man of dignity who fought furiously with his military to prevent the British conquest of Ethiopia.
However, in the last few years of his rule, he made the fatal mistake of engaging in a stance of tolerance when it came to dealing with Queen Victoria. She used it to her advantage. Her sneaky ways and penchant for deception were easy for passive-aggressive men to miss. The British Queen was a very sexually perverted woman that was known to have had a fetish for molesting young boys and girls of color. She plucked them from the nations she conquered.
In her veiled desires to control all of Ethiopia, she presented Emperor Tewodros II with a personal gift: A revolver.
It was the same gun the Ehipioan ruler used to shoot himself in the head on the day of his 1868 death. Rather than surrender to the advancing British military, Emperor Tewodros II committed suicide during battle when his son was just six years of age. Queen Victoria moved in to capitalize off the carnal spoils of temporary victory. The British were subsequently expelled from Ethiopia. Its military quickly regrouped and repelled Queen Victoria’s meddling.
At Windsor Castle, the journal entry expressing Queen Victoria’s attraction to Prince Alamayu partially reads as follows:
“Little Alamayou is a very pretty, slight, graceful boy of 7 with beautiful eyes and a nice nose and mouth, though the lips are slightly thick. His skin is a dark bronze. His hair is dark and curly. There is nothing of the negro about him. I kissed him which he returned. He can say one or two words in English.”
Learn more about the British Queen’s twisted connection to Prince Alamayou by reading a report titled The Abyssinian Boy, which is located here.