Three battles of Sarbakusa

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The three battles of Sarbakusa were fought in Ethiopia in May 1771. Wand Bewossen and Fasil of Damot fought three battles with the forces of Emperor Tekle Haymanot II and Ras Mikael Sehul and defeated them. This led to the end of Mikael Sehul's hegemony in Imperial politics and the marginalization of Tekle Haymanot.

Dejazmach Wand Bewossen was a prominent figure in Ethiopian history. He was governor of Lasta and eventually Begemeder. He was on the losing side in the Battle of Nefas Mewcha (1769), but one of the victorious generals in the Three battles of Sarbakusa. For his valor in the Battle of Faggeta, which included pursuing Fasil for three days after the engagement, he was made governor of Begemder, as well as married to Woizero Yewubdar. He was also married to Woizero Yeworqweha, who was a descendant of Iyasu I and Woizero Wossen Azal, daughter of Dejazmatch Eshete Awsgenyos, sometime Governor of Agaw and Damot.

Tekle Haymanot II was nəgusä nägäst as Admas Sagad III of Ethiopia, and a member of the Solomonic dynasty. He was the son of Yohannes II by Woizero Sancheviyar, at the Imperial prison of Mount Wehni.

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