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The United States of the Ionian Islands
« on: Sunday, 19 January, 2020 @ 12:13:33 »
The United States of the Ionian Islands: The Forgotten History of British Rule in Greece

What is widely known about the history of Greece’s splendid Ionian islands is that they never had to endure direct Ottoman rule during the dark years between the 15th and the 19th centuries, when the rest of Greece was under the often brutal Turkish occupation.

However, what is lesser known is the fact that these islands have a rich and turbulent history, due to the fact that Europe’s most powerful nations were constantly struggling to gain control of them. This was mainly because of their geographical position right at the edge of the once-powerful Ottoman Empire.

Among the powers who fought to gain control of these territories were — of course — the British.

The British decided to make Greek the official language of the States, something that surprisingly had not been the case in the past.