- a seaport in E Eritrea, in N Ethiopia, on the Red Sea.
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A railway connects Massawa with Asmara, the capital of the colony.
Pearl fishing is carried on at Massawa and the Dahlak islands.
They are found as far south as Massawa, but as far as we could ascertain those we saw were the most northern ones.Southern Arabia
Massawa is the natural port for northern Abyssinia but commerce is undeveloped owing to the lack of rapid means of communication.
In 1856 he endeavoured, unsuccessfully, to establish commercial relations with Abyssinia through Massawa.
- a port in E central Eritrea, on the Red Sea: capital of Eritrea during Italian occupation, from 1885 until 1900. Pop: 36 700 (2004 est)
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