National Geographic : 1925 Jun
A CARAVAN JOURNEY THROUGH ABYSSINIA Photograph by E. . Salisbury trom wing Ualloway AN ABYSSINIAN WEAVER AT IS LOOM thousands of feet to cross a stream and then reclimb to an almost equal eleva tion. The sides of the canyon were very precipitous and, although the trail zig zagged back and forth, it was extremely steep. HISTORIC ANKOBER IS SET ON A HILL Ankober was founded by Amada Yesus about 1750. It consists of a needlelike peak surmounted by a citadel which in cludes an inclosure and a couple of houses, one of which belongs to the ruler. There are several lines of defenses of a type perfected as a barrier to spearmen. There are also three or four guardhouses on the path which leads to the crest. About the hill lie a few scattered huts and on either side is a church. The view from the peak at the corner of the plateau is magnificent. To the north and west are lines of crags, rocky pinnacles, and forbidding chasms eroded from the escarpment. To the northwest the escarpment rises like a wall. From the southwest to northeast the plain of the Hawash River sweeps in a great curve-miles and miles of blue-black acacia grasslands that fade away in the lower levels to intangible streaks of white.