Africa: Up until the 19th century, the Atlantic was known as the Ethiopian Ocean


It was the great Jamaican reggae artist who sang, “There’s a natural mystic blowing through the air…” Oh no. We are not talking about COVID-19, even though that is a present reality. This is more about, shall we call it – ‘Black Awareness’?

Ever since the brutal murder of George Floyd by racist cops in the United States of America, a movement of gargantuan proportions have begun. The fallout of that singular event is yet to climax.

It seem like an awakening, and if the spiritual prognosis of many are correct, then this is a move – like an idea whose time has come – nothing can stop. It is time for the Black man. This is Africa rising.

Suppressed history and documentation of great works and contributions to the history of mankind by the black man are being uncovered.

According to an article on, the
southern half of the Atlantic Ocean in classical geographical works was known as Aethiopian or Ethiopian Sea or Ocean. A name which remained in maps from ancient times until 19th century.

The term Aithiopos was originally an old name for what is now called the South Atlantic Ocean, a narrow region, between Natal, Brazil and Monrovia, Liberia, that separates it from the North Atlantic Ocean.

The name Ethiopian Ocean existed in Lucem Producta until the mid-19th century, e.g. on the map Accuratissima Totius Africae, engraved by Johann Baptist Homann and Frederick de Wit and published by Jacob von Sandrart in Nürnberg in 1702.

The term Aethiopian was linked to the fact that it was historically called Aethiopia because Africa west and south of Egypt was known as Aethiopia. Classic use of the term has become defunct nowadays.

The nation of Ethiopia, then known as Abyssinia, is located nowhere near its namesake body of water, but in the opposite eastern end of Africa, which is much closer to the Indian Ocean and its subset of the Red Sea.

Decades after the names Ethiopian Ocean or Ethiopian Sea had fallen into disuse in reference to the Southern Atlantic Ocean, botanist William Albert Setchell (1864–1943) used the term for the sea around some islands near Antarctica.


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