In 1935 the Italian dictator Mussolini sent his troops to invade the independent country of Ethiopia. The League of Nations met to deliberate, and Mexico was one of only five members that voted to condemn the act of aggression. After World War II, Mexico and Ethiopia established diplomatic relations. In 1954, Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie was the first African head of state to visit Mexico. In honor of his visit, the traffic circle was given its name. The Emperor visited the plaza and saw this plaque.
Plaza de Etiopía
His Imperial Majesty
Haile Selassie I
Emperor of Ethiopia
discovered this commemorative plaque on his
visit to Mexico the 22nd of June of 1954
Today the plaque is in the subway station beneath the plaza along with information about the relationship between the two nations.
Ethiopia reciprocated by renaming a square in its capital of Addis Ababa as Plaza Mexico.