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Map showing European colonies in East Africa, c.1935
Map of European colonies in East Africa, c.1935


  1. Which two European countries controlled most of North and East Africa?

  2. How did the Italian empire compare to these empires?

  3. Look at the position of the colonies Italy already controlled. In what way would the location of these two colonies make an invasion of Abyssinia seem like a good idea?