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Again, however, after each raid, the parties returned to their villages.

Bahrey's dating might, however, be off, however, as Shihab ad-din, who wrote a decade before Ahmed Gragn's death, notes a locality named Werre Qallu, an Oromo name, in the province of Dewaro.

These early incursions (Oromo: razzia) were limited, however, as the encroaching groups returned to their homeland near the Shebelle River after each raid.

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Not only were newly taken territories permanently settled by Oromo for the first time, but mules and horses began to be ridden by the first time.

The adoption of horseback-riding from the north greatly increased the Oromo fighting power, putting them on par with Ethiopian troops, who were largely unequipped with firearms.

The early migrations were characterized by sporadic raids by the Oromo on the frontiers of the Ethiopian kingdom.

After capturing cattle and other booty, the raiding parties would quickly return to their homelands.

In addition to his book, further information can be gleaned from other contemporaries such the Ethiopian monk Abba Paulos, Shihab ed-Din's Futuh al-Habasha "Conquest of Abyssinia", João Bermudes, Francisco de Almeida, Jerónimo Lobo, and various royal chronicles (e.g.

those of Gelawdewos, Sarsa Dengel, and Susenyos I, though that of Sarsa Dengel may have been written by Bahrey).

According to his chronicle, the Emperor defeated the Oromo incursions and made subject to his rule those he captured, preventing further attacks for some time, with further incursions reduced to skirmishes.

The initial attacks were significant, however, on a much larger and more devastating scale to the Ethiopian dynasty.

Further advances were made under Robalé, during whose time Shewa was pillaged and Gojjam attacked.

For the first time, Oromo advances were devastating core Ethiopian provinces, whereas there earlier incursions were simply against frontier provinces.

Francisco de Almeida, however, agreed with Bahrey's dating, affirming that the Galla first began migrating around the time of Ahmed Gragn's invasion (1527).

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