Menelik II During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Menelik II served as both King and Emperor of Ethiopia. While in power, he successfully fought off invaders from Italy and significantly modernized Ethiopia.  Early life He declared himself King (Negus) in the mid 1860s. Trivia During his reign, he established banking and postal […]

Minh Mang Second Emperor of Vietnam’s Nguyen dynasty who reigned from 1820 until his death 21 years later. He was known for his adamant opposition to French control of Vietnam.  Early life He ascended the throne after some issues within his own country and his first proposition was disbanding Christianity from the country. Trivia […]