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Tsamouria - Nineteenth Century Ottoman Thesprotia
Evangelia Balta, Febmi Yilmaz and Filiz Yasar Introduction
The history of the late Ottoman sancak of Chamlik (Tsamouria), roughly corresponding to the modern prefecture ofTbesprotia, is exceptionally interesting because of the ethnic and religious composition of the population of its three knzas - Aydonat (Agios Donatos, Paramythia), Filyat (Philiates) and Margalic (Margariti) - in which there was a strong Albanian presence starting from the late fourteenth century. I We are participating in the Tbesprotia Expedition firstly because we want to investigate the ethnic-religious character of the settlement pattern in Thesprotia during tbe centuries just after the Ottoman conquest, and secondly because we want to ascertain whether4 and to what extent the Ottoman sources record evidence of Islamization during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In other words, the purpose of our participation is to approach in 'historiographical terms the thorny issue of the Chams, the Muslim Albanian-speaking inhabitants of southwest Epirus.! ' Presented in this cbapter are the results of researcb in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century sources from the Prime Ministry Ottoman Archives in Istanbul. The study emerged from the need to clarify the settlement pattern of the kazas of Aydonat, Filyat and Margalic, on the solid ground of the nineteenth century, before embarking on the study of the Ottoman tax registers of the previous centuries. On account of the fiscal character of the material for the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, reconstructing the settlement pattern is more difficult, more complicated and, furthermore, less secure if there is no cross-checking of the documentation from registers of different type. Indicative of this situation is the vi/ayet of Vayonetya, as the geographical area under study was named, immediately after the Ottoman conquest. The vilayeti Vayonetya was the administrative successor to the Byzantine province of Vagenitia, which according to M. Lascaris extended northwards as far as Cheimarra and southwards as far as the Glykis river (Acheron), encompassing Delvino within its boundaries, but not

1 The

main author of this chapter is Evangelia Balta (National Hellenic Research Foundation). Febmi Yilmaz

(Mamuua University, Istanbul) helped in collecting the sources in the Prime Ministry Archives in Istanbul, and Filiz Y8$8I' (postgraduate student at Hacettepe University) in her tum took part in the final stages of processing

the material. 2 Michalopoulos 1986; Krapsitis 1991;. Krapsitis 1992; Hart 1999; Kretsi 2002, 171-195; Manta 2004; Kretsi
2005,57-71; Margaritis 2005, 132-220.


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Argyrokastro.' Nevertheless, the vilayet-i Vayonetya, as Aikaterini and Spyros Asdrachas have demonstrated by comparison of the toponyms in the 1361 chrysobull and the 1431 timar register, covered a smaller area than the homonymous Byzantine province. There were very few overlaps, since after the Ottoman conquest the region of Sopoto to the north constituted an administrative district of its own. Furthermore the vilayet-i Vayonetya did not include Tsarkovista to the east, while to the south it reached only to Mazaraki in the region of Margariti.l The example of the vi/aye! of Vayonetya shows clearly that the Ottoman administrative provinces may refer in name to those existing before the conquest, but differ in their territorial definition and administrative composition. Bearing this in mind. we opted to begin our research from the nineteenth century, a period in which the Ottoman State itself had undertaken to record the state of affairs in its vi/aye/so The nineteenthcentury experience will be of help for us when following the changes in the region during the preceding centuries, when population movements created settlements whose names changed many times, each time corresponding to the name of the settlers' kindred.

The kazas of Aydonat, Filyat and Margalic belonged from the mid-nineteenth century onwards to the vilayet ofYanya (Ioannina).' As indicated by the censuses included in the sa/names, the Official Yearbooks published by the Ottoman State for the vilayet ofYanya, the boundaries of the three was coincided in large part with the boundaries of the present prefecture ofThesprotia. This region was called Tsamouria, which name derives from its inhabitants. the Chams, an Albanian tribe. Tsamouria is encountered as a geographical term in an Ottoman document of 1820.6 In the same period, the early nineteenth century, foreign travellers such as Colonel W.M. Leake and the Consul General of Great Britain. William Meyer," as well as contemporary Epirot men of letters such as Ch. Perraivos and A. Psalidas, call the Albanian-speaking population of the region Chams, Tsamides, or Tsamouriotes, and the geographical space in which they dwell Tsamouria.f Since the mid-nineteenth century the Ottomans were planning to unify the three kazas into an administrative district of its own, a sancak called Camhk (Tsamouria), but this was not fulfilled until 1910. Already in the early nineteenth century, H. Skene gathered exceptionally interesting information on the Albanian tribes - the Gekides-Mirdites, Toskides, Liapides and Tsamides (Chams) - that be presented in his 1848 lecture delivered in the Ethnological Society, London." Recently G. Arsh bas discussed the complexity of relations in this frontier region in the late eighteenth and the early nineteenth century througb the internal clashes of Ottoman pasas of neighbouring sancaks in order to consolidate their might.

3 Lascaris 1942.
4 Inalcik 1954; Asdracba and Asdracbas 1992,239-246.

5 Kokolakis 2003, 187-192. HAT 397/20922 (11.R.1235/27.0 1/1820). 7 Prevelakis and Kalliatald-Mertikopoulou 1996,303. 8 Psimouli 2006, 107. 9 Skene 1848-1856, 159-181.

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besides the claims and conflicts of Venetians, French, Russians and Britons with the Ottoman State. He describes the complicated game of coalitions, of the affiliation of the various clans by manipulating the rivalries existing between the local feudal families. A typical tactic of the Venetians, French and Russians, in order to put pressure on the Ali Pqa Tepedelenli, was to incite the Dalianides of Konispoli, the Tsaparides of Margariti, the Pronioi ofParamythia or the Souliotes to wage war against him, in most cases providing them with arms. On the other hand, Ali Pasa Tepedelenli used the military machine of the Cbam agas in his attacks against the Souliotes, and also benefited from the peasants' discontent by capturing, one after the other, the strongholds of the Tsamouria aristocracy and appropriating their lands. 10 Yasso Psimouli, in her doctoral dissertation on Souli, examines the relations between the highland martial community of Souliotes and the Cham agas and Ottoman officials. The brigandage of the Souliot clans in the plains of Paramytbia and Phanari took income from the Cham beys and agas, who profited from life-term tax farms (ma/ikane) and their land-holdings, threatening their domination and might, as well as correspondingly that of the Ottoman authorities, 11 However, treaties of friendship and non-aggression also existed between the Christian Souliotes and the Albanian clans; for example, Photos Tzavelas was a blood-brother of the most powerful bey of Paramytbia, Isliam Pronios, just as Suleyman Tziaparis, bey of Margariti, was a friend of the brigand Lapas from Litochoro, OlympOS.12 The Souliotes' tactic differed little from that of the likewise Albanian-speaking Muslim Chams towards the surrounding population. For as Vasso Psimouli has shown, the Souliotes were not the leaders of a liberationist struggle on behalf of their fellow Christians in their region, because those villages that suffered the armed action of the Souliotes became neither autonomous nor free, as the mythopoeic historiography regarding Souli would-lead us to believe. 13 M. Kokolakis in a recent booly" studied the administrative structure of the three kazas of Tsamouria, publishing a Iist of all settlements based on the 1895 sa/name. Furthermore be collated the population data for these kazas as recorded by the Ottoman authorities of the vi/aye! ofYanya.l" Our contribution to the existing strong bibliographical base briefly presented here lies in the deposition of evidence that emerged from research in unpublished Ottoman archival material and in published Ottoman sources. The archival material we coUected for the nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries was the basis for compiling the list of the kaimakams (head official of a district as a kaza) and naibs (substitute judge) of the three kazas, whicb is published as Appendix IT accompanying this chapter, as the majority of documents found in the archive c-oncemed appointments and transfers of civil servants. procedures set in motion by the reforms of the Ottoman Empire. IS Striking is the scant documentation for the period of domination of Ali P~ Tepedelenli in the region, extremely important from the point of view of the events enacted. Those documents we located refer to the final phase of Ali's operations against Souli.16

10Arsb 1994;Arsh2007,198-200.

Psimouli 2006, 95-111, 305-311. 10. 13 Psimouli 1996. 14 Kokolakis 2003,268-27 J, 310-312; Kokolakis 1989 and Kokolakis 1993. IS Theocharidis 1983.
11 12 VasdraveUis 1950.


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In Appendix I are gathered demographic data from the register of the Bishop of Paramythia (1827 and 1834),17 the statistical tables of P. Aravantinos (1856) and the sa/name for the year 1895,18 whereas information about public buildings and population given in the salname of 1872173 is collected in Appendix Ill. In the tables are recorded the settlements with their populations, and evidence is cited from Greek sources of the period on their ethnic and religious identity. Noted next to the name of the settlement is the land-ownership regime. The settlements are classified correspondingly as privately owned ~iftlik villages, inalienable free villages (karye) and muaceles. The last are a special category of villages in which the Ottoman State allocated land-holdings - of which it never relinquished ownership - as concessions to individuals, in order to cultivate them. The concessionaire paid an annual rent, over and above which he was also obliged to pay a tithe of the produce. These villages, which occur mainly in Thessaly, Epirus and Macedonia, and which are also called imlaks or im/Qkvillages, resulted from confiscations of immovable properties by dynasts such as Ali P~ of Yanya, as N.!. Eleftheriadis notes," referring precisely to the case examined here. The process of forming the ~ift/iks. which outnumber the free villages in the kazas of Aydonat, Filyat and Margalic, became generalized in the mid-eighteenth century. In the plain ofParamythia, Phanari and in the Tsamocboria, the Cham beys and agas - through the method of renting public incomes for life, the display of strength, the rise of force and the provision of protection - became, as time passed, possessors of the reayas' lands. Very often, the land properties of villages were turned into fiftliks after contracting highinterest loans, and the direct producers were reduced from inhabitants and possessors of their lands to lessees offarms or agricultural labourers. Witb the expansion of the fiftUks the rural population not only shouldered new economic burdens, but also, as Aravantinos writes, "in Tsamouria the agas or patrons treated those under their protection as if they were serfs".20 Families of local feudal lords and dignitaries of the Sublime Porte laid claims to sovereignty of the lands. Tahir P~ was forced to give half his lands in Louros and Lamari to Ali Tepedelenli Pasa, and to sell the rest to him, as a result of which the total land-holding brought Ali P~ an annual income of 100,000 grossi. 21 The stable demand for agricultural produce was a serious incentive for acquiring new fiftliks. The methods by which Ali P~ usurped. the land-holdings of others were described already in the nineteenth century. 22 In the present study we examine from Ottoman sources the area ofThesprotia in the nineteenth century, up until the Balkan Wars, when it was annexed to the Greek State, We shall follow the picture that emerges from the archival material preserved ,in the imperial capital, about this frontier region of the Ottoman Empire and its population. From the first years after the conquest its population was used to defend the Porte's interests vis-a-vis foreigners, but was also used by foreigners as a lever to pressurize the Porte and the local nobles, by subverting it into revolutionary movements against these. F. Pouqueville gives


16 E.g. see HAT 8213414 (18.8.1219129.05.1804); HAT 82/3414/A (17.M.1219128.04.1804); HAT 82/34148 Betis 1986-87.

19 Bleftheriadis 1915,74-75. 20 Arsh 1994, 137. 21 Psimouli 2006, 274, note 233. 22 Demokopia, 64-65. Also Dimitropoulos 2007, 61-72.

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" Fig, 1, Map of Souli, including all of the kaza of Aydonat and part of the kaza of Margalir; (after Aravaotinos 189.5).

a most vivid assessment of the Political game of Venice in the region:


"Ainsi, depuis Buthrotum jusqu'a Prevesa, la republique de Saint-Marc couvrait ses possessions de terre-fenne-par les anarchies de la. Cbimere, de Conispoli et de Philiates, qui tenaient en bride Ie paeha de Delvino. Au moyen des beys de Marg!U'itiet de Paramitbia, elle IIIT!tait les enlreprises des visirs )de Janina; et pour contenir les beys mohametans, elle faisait agir a-son gre lespeuplades cbr6tiennes de Soull et de I'Acroceraune, de sorte qu 'elle avait uae preponderance masquee, et powtant decisive, dans
Jesaffaires de l'Albanie",2.3

The kaza of Aydonat
The kaza of Aydonat consists mainly of the Kokytos valley (Fig. I), which used to be characterized by several seasonal lakes and marshy areas. In Roman times the main settlement of this area was the colonia. Photike, located at Liboni close to Paramythia, Accordingto Prokopios (DeAed. IV.I.37-38), Photike stood on low-lying ground and was
23 PouqueviUe 1826.27, 12.5.126.


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surrounded by stagnant water. Therefore Justinian decided that it was impossible to build walls around the town and instead chose to build a fortress by name Agios Donatos close by on higher ground.24 This fortress, named after the Bishop of Euroia, St. Donatos,25 is usually associated with the rocky crag above modem Paramythia, which in Ottoman times was known as the castle of Aydonat. In the years of Ottoman rule the castle of Aydonat secured together with another five burgs - Belesi, Lefterochori, Paliochori, Zaravoutsi and Kakosouli - the military defence and protection of the nearby populations of arable fanners and stock-raisers from incursions. Souli was subject to the kaza of Paramythia until its dissolution. According to the sa/name of 1308 (1892-1893), with the exception of Belesi, aU the other castra were built in the time of Ali P3§a Tepedelenli, implying the building of forts and towers on the naturally fortified hills of Kougio and Bira, which were manned by Liapides and Muslims from Kurveleshi.P' It is also noted in this sa/name that antiquities and a sarcophagus with decorated exterior surfaces had been found in Liboni.27 In the archival material from the early centuries, as for example in the reign of Sultan Murad III (1546-1595), the kaza of Aydonat is referred to as belonging to the vilayet ofYanya. 28 From the seventeenth century, according to head-tax registers as well as on the basis of the testimony of Evliya Celebi, and until the early nineteenth century, _ it is recorded as a nahiye of the sancak of Delvino,29 whereas from the mid-nineteenth century until the 1910s the kaza of Aydonat-was again subject to the vilayet ofYanya.3o In the mid-nineteenth century, the issue of unification of the kazas of Ayddnat, Margalic and Filyat into a kaymakamilk, (prefecture) to be named Camhca, Camhk (Tsamouria), was mooted. The name, as declared in the salname for 1308 (1892~1893), was chosen on account of the Albanian Chams, who constituted the majority of the population.'! The idea of unifying the three kazas should undoubtedly be linked with the revolutionary movement in Epirus in 1854. There had been similar insurrections in Thessaly and Macedonia, during the Crimean War, expressing the Orthodox populations' support for Russia. The creation of an administrative district in which the Muslim Albanians were the majority population element would divert the Orthodox Christian Rums from similar uprisings in the future. However, the unification of the kozas was abandoned for various reasons. Firstly, the Ottoman Empire, wounded and financially exhausted by the Crimean War, was in no position to provide funding for the founding of new administrative centres, which in this particular case demanded at Least 500,000 grossi. 32 Furthermore, there were vigorous reactions from the Cham agas of Preveza,

24 For Photike's relocation to Agios Donatos see Chrysos 1997, 155, 167; Soustal 1981, 236-237. For Prokopios' description see also Bowden in this volume. 250ikonornou 1983. 26 Moschopoulos 1960, 116. Yanya Sa/names; 1308, 130. 28··. . MAD no. 1351. 29 MAD nos. 6851, 15207, 16152; IE.AS. 1582116 (24.R 1079/0 I.l(). 1668), IE.AS. 1786/19 (27. 8.1080127.07.1669),IE.AS. 1268/13 (12.L.l089127.11.1678), IE.AS. 3018/33 (26.Z.1ll2/03.06.J70J), iE.AS. 3019/33 (14.B.1l15/23.1 J.l703),IE.AS. 16577/280 (29'z.l227/03.01.1813). Evliya <;elebi 2003,293. 30 A.MKT.UM 302165 (05.Ca.1274123.12.1857). Kokolakis 2003,187. '. 31 Yanya Sa/names; 1308, 225-228. Cf. also A.MKT. UM 307/29 (28.C.1274/13 .02.1858). . 32 .... . A.MKT.UM 188122 (13.8.1271101.04.1855); DH.EUM3.$b 3/15 (24.M.l333/f3.12.l913); A.MKT.MVL. 100/100 (28.M.l275/07.09 .1858).


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who of old, through the system of'leasing, controlled lands and taxes ofMargariti, Phanari and Paramytbia. Hence, they persuaded the central administration that the relations of production would he disrupted and endangered, that a serious threat would be posed to the region's trading activities, and that there would be significant losses of income from the exports shipped out of the harbour of Preveza, Thus, by the end of the 18505 the idea of creating the sancok of Camhk was abandoned Itreturned, however, some fifty years later, shortly before the outbreak oftbe Balkan Wars. In 1908 the three ka:zas united to form the sancak of Camhk, whose capital was Igoumenitsa, where a government house and mosques were built, and which was renamed Resadiye in 1911.33 M. Kokolakis maintains that the unification of Tsamouria into a common sancak in 1910 can be attributed to the need to combat Greek influence in the said provinees.'" The kaza ofAydonat had eight mosques and mescids (small mosques), one of which had been built in the reign of Bayezid II (1481-1512). They are mentioned also by EvLiya ¢elebi, from whose narratives E.H. Ayverdi compiled the list of Muslim monuments in.the region_35In the 62 settlements ofthekaza, which are recordedin the salncurJes,.there were 15 mosques and eight monasteries, cp well as churches in all the Christian villages. In the hills around the town were the cemetery and three mausoleums with tombs (tfJrbe), places of pilgrimage for many visitors. Rice was the region's most important crop, along with other agricultural produce such as cereals, legumes.flax, garlic, onions and vegetables, In the years just before the Greek War of Independence, a considerable number of inhabitants were involved with rice..growing in the regions of Lour os and Paramytbia, where olive oil Was also produced in abundance. Seventeenth-century registers attest that olive oil from Aydonat was sent to the kitchen of the Imperial Palace, as were Albanian cheese, olives 'andrice.36 Consequently, Evliya Celebi's comment that Aydonat olives were superior in quality to those of Koroni, the Syro-Palestiniaa littoral and Karsburnu, so that the sultan's 'men came each year to harvest thi:ln, may be associated with the supplying of the Palace .. The sa/name of 1308 (1892-1893) notes that there were no forests on the surrounding mountains. The vegetation consisted of holm oaks and scrub, and the existence of two meadows is recorded. In addition to agriculture and animal husbandry, the inhabitants were employed as blacksmiths, carpet-weavers and tile-makers; tiles were among the regioJ}'s exports. On the baSis of data. in the salname of 1306 (1890-18'91), of the total amount of tax, 990,171 grossi, the tax on livestock (sheep and goats) represented the greatest percentage (30%), eloquent testimony of the important role of stock-raising in the kaza'seconomy. Appendix ill presents data relating to the many different shops in the town of Aydonat (Pig, 2), which was also the seat of the kaymakamlzk with a directorate of economic services, a cadastral service and various law-courts ($er-i Mahkeme, Mahkeme Bidayet Dairesiy. The Mufti, the four-member Municipal Council iBelediye; and the Administrative Council (Meclis-i /dare), likewise with four members, three of them Muslim; administered the town, Aydonat also housed the Episcopal See of Paramythia. The salname of 1872-1873 records the name of the bishop. Antbimos, who was none

33 i.DH. 1480/1328/Ra-16 (12 .. Ra. 1328124..03.19 10); DH.lD. 128/4 (I 3.L. I329106JO.191l); Mv. 130/27 (15. B.l327/0Z.08.1909).' . 34 Kokolakis 2003,94. , 3S Evliya Celebi 2003, 293. Ayverdi 1982. 297, nos. 3024-3044. 36 .. 1 MVL. 483121910 (1l.L.1279/31.03.1863) and MAD DO. 18320.


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Pig. 2. View of the town of Paramythia with one of its mosques in the background (P. Boissonas 1913, after Thesprotia 2004,84).

other than the subsequent Patriarch Anthimos VII. The bishopric of Paramythia, which also included the short-lived bishopric of Giromeri, was promoted to a metropolis in June 1895; during the patriarchy ofAnthimos VII, who hailed from Plisivitsa, Phillates.37 In 1893 unknown miscreants set. fire to the residence of Bishop Parthenios and the authorities ordered an investigation to find the arsonists.38 Since 1890 .the services of Aydonat included a telegraph office, a post office, a police station, a customs bouse and a branch of the tobacco monopoly (Regie),39 while from 1910 a branch of the Agricultural Bank (Ziraat Bankasl) and a Municipal Surgery were operating there.40 The to~ had four elementary schools (mekteb-i sibyan) - one belonging to the Christian community - and one high school (mekteb-i rU~diye). The sa/name of 1288 (1872~1873) mentions 160 pupils in the town of Aydonat, 100 of whom were Muslims.41 In the following years other schools were founded and a four-member committee (maarif Iwmisyonu) was set up to monitor tbem.42 The expenses of building and operating the schools were covered by contributions of the inhabitants. Primary schools were also built in several villages, such as Karabunar (Karvounari), In 1907 the school was housed ina

Oikonomou 1964,43-51; Germanos 1937,80-81. 38 Y.-tHUS. 271/13 (IS.:;U 310/07.03.1893); DH.MKT. 4116 (02.Za. 131011S.OS.1893). 39 fanya Sainamesi 1288, 36; Yanya Salnamesi 1292, 47-48; Yanya Salnamesi 1293, 48; Yanya Salnamesi 1306, 81~82; Yanya Salnamesi 1308, 128-129; Yanya Salnames! 1319, 114-116. I 40 DH.MU1. SS/S 1(04.. a.1328J14.0S.191 0); DH.MUI. 7/~ 1/33 (23./}.1327/09.09 .1909). C 41 Yanya Sa/names; 1288, 106. 42 A..MKT.NZD. 335159 (04.C. 1277118.12. 1860).

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timber construction. since the forme~ building had been destroyed in the 1895 earthquake.Y Many documents refer to the damage this earthquake caused to houses and shops in the districts of Margariti and Paramythia. The Ottoman State had distributed army tents and provided money to erect temporary shelters to bouse the population." There had been a previous equally destructive earthquake in 1851.45 According to data in the sa/name for 1288 (1872-1873), there were 2,570 bouses in the district of Aydonat and the population was 11,900 persons - 3,900 of them Muslims (33%) and 8,000 Christians (67%). In 1890 the population of the town of Aydonat was recorded as 2,006 persons, over balf of them Muslims (I, 134). In 1895 the sa/name records 2,633 houses distributed in the 62 settlements of the kaza, with a total population of 14,648, but makes no reference to their ethnic composition. In this period tbe settlements were classified according to the tenancy regime as 50 t;iftliks and 12 free villages. Half a century earlier, according to P. Aravantinos, five free villages, 52 r;ift/iks and eight muaceles were recorded. If this distribution is combined (see Appendix I) with the data be cites also in his Chronicle (1856), concerning the language and the religious identity ofthe inhabitants of the villages, then the percentage of t;iftliks (92%), as M. Kokolakis rightly observes, shows that the r;iftlik-building process first hit areas inhabited by Cbristians.t" Extremely interesting is the information collected by Vasso Psymouli on the process of creating powerful families, wbich from managers of taxes, such as the Proniatis family in Paramythia, became ciftlik holders, accruing wealth as well as political and military might.47 Greeksources mention that in 1902 the population of the districtofParamythia was 15,000 persons (9,000 Christians and 6,000 Muslims).4s In 1905, according to the directives of the Ottoman government, the Orthodox Christians (Rum) should be distinguished by four ethnic categories: Orthodox Greeks, Orthodox Bulgarians, Orthodox Bosnians, Orthodox Albanians. With this distinction the Sublime Porte detached the Albanianspeaking Orthodox Christians of Epirus from the general category of Rum Onhodox/" The ethnic make-up of the population of Paramythia, on the basis of contemporary Greek assessments, was:50 I
Greek-speaking Orthodox Cbristians Albanian-speaking and simultaneously Greek-speaking Orthodox Christians 8,500


Greek-speaking Muslims Albanian-speaking and simultaneously Greek-speaking Muslims



(02.N.132S/09.10.1907); lAZN. 71/13251Ra-21 (29.R.a.1325/12.05.1907). 37/1312/Za-74 (22.Za.1312/17.0S.1895); Y.A.HUS. 328/34 (23Za.l3}211S.0S.189S);_... Y.Ml'V. 120/121(30.Za ..1312/25.05.1895); Y.PRK.DH. 9/15 (27.B.1313/12.01.1896). 45 Nikolaidou 1979, 103. 46 Kokolakis 2003, 70-71. 47 Psimouli 2006, 97-104. 48 Christovassilis 1902, 11-12. 49 Giarali- PapadopouJou 1978, 120-121. SOChristovassilisl905, 29-31.
43 y.M1Y. 303/6

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The kaza of Filyat
The kaza of Filyat (Philiates) borders with the kaza ofYanya and Pogoni to the east and is lapped by the Adriatic Sea to the west (Fig. 3). To its south are the kazas of'Margalie and Aydonat, and to the north is the kaza of Argyrokastro. The region was conquered by Sultan Murad II and entered in the vi/aye! ofVayonetya in 1431. In the first centuries of Ottoman rule it was a nahiye of the sancak of Delvino, with the name Parakalamos.t' at least until the eve of the Greek Revolution.f From the mid-nineteenth century it is inscribed as a kaza of the vi/aye! of ArgyrokastroH and in 1872 it passed to the vilayet ofYaoya,54 where it was to remain until its inclusion in the sancak of Resadiye (sancak of Chamlik) in 1910. In nineteenth-century documents the kaza of Philiates appears to include a smaller administrative district, the nahiye of Sayada.55 Sayada was an outport from which produce of the area was circulated. Evliya Celebi extols its importance for the transit trade of the Yanya area, as well as for cities such as Salonica, Serres, Yenisehir (Larisa) and Trikala, and mentions the presence there ofa Venetian consul.56 France had maintained a consulate in Sayada since 1695, to serve the needs. of its trading relations with the region, before transferring it to Arta.57 _ the 66 settlements recorded in the salname of 1308 (1892-1893), 39 are 'of 9iflUk villages and 25 free villages. The kaza had rich yields of agricultural and stockraising products. However, the principal source of its income was animal husbandry. The population was involved with viticulture and olive cultivation, alongside growing cereals and tending citrus trees. The soil was fertile, due to alluvial silt deposits from the Kalamas and Salisis rivers and their tributaries. There were 35 mills operating along their banks in. the late nineteenth century. The region exported acorns and vegetal dyes, 'processed wool, manufactured carpets, woollen socks, capes, and so. on. Goods were imported from Istanbul, Korfuand Trieste. The woods were full of game and in the late nineteenth century hunters came there from Britain, France and other countries, as is mentioned in the salname for 1.308(1892-1893) and Ottoman documents.f The salina at Sayada produced 800,000 okas of salt annually,59 which were exported mainly to Britain, which installed an agent in Sayada from the mid-nineteenth century in order to negotiate and arrange commercial transactions.f" In the kaza of Philiates too, the largest tax income came from stock-raising ..The second source of income was payments in lieu of military service ibedel-i aslcen). Thus, perhaps economic reasons, beyond political ones, lay behind the fact that the Orthodox Rums of Philiates and Margariti were not accepted in the ranks, not even as auxiliaries;" instead of conscription they paid the


MAD no. 10198. 52 The documentation refers to the revolutionary activity of the metropolitan of Philiates and his deacon; see HAT 921140069 (11 ,~.1236114,05.1821). H A.MK.T. UM 29212 (24.M.1274/13 ,09.1857). See also Kokolakis 2003, 154. '-41.MMS. 5412401 (30.S. 1293126.03. 1876). 55' . DHID. 14411139 (17.L.1330129.09.l9I2). , 56 Evliya Celebi 2003, 295. 57 Arsh 1994, 137. 58 DHMKT. 1485158 (0I.C.l305/13.02.1888); DH.M.KT 1487126 (07.C.l305/19.02.l888). See also Yanya Salnamesi 1308, 136-137. 59 YanyaSaJnamesi 1308, 136-137. 60 HR.M.KT. 44/36 (27.Ca.1268/J9.03. 1852).


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, Fig. 3. Military map of the Ottoman Empire 1870 showing Tsamouria streching from the Acheron river. in the south to the Kalamas river in the north.

counter-value of their military service. In documents we have located, they protest at being disbarred from the anny. The Young Turks movement in 1908 permitted the use of the Albanian language and the opening of Albanian schools, and also encouraged the founding of Albanian clubs. 62 In the archival material we processed from the nineteenth century, strife in the relations between fiftlik holders and farmers in the kaza is attested in 1866.63 There are
61 Mv. 9/12 (06.B. 1303/1 1.04.1886), . Mv. 9/33 (13.8.1303/18.04.1886). 62 DH.MUI. 116118 (I 9.B. 1328126.07. 1910); 1.MBH. 911330IN-002 (02.N.1330/15.08.1912). For the activity of these clubs see Nikolaidou 1984. \63I.MVL. 562125238 (07.C.1283/16.1O.1866); A.MKT.MHM 371/69 (23.~.1283/30.12.1866); A.MKT.MHM 371177 (23.~.1283/30.12.1866).


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multiple references to Albanian rapacity against Christian and Muslim villages, and there are records of the Ottoman authorities' efforts to confiscate the weapons in the brigands' hands, in order to prevent violence. Already at the beginning of the nineteenth century 1. Cam Hobhouse had ascertained that the Christian and Muslim Albanians were armed. Other travellers, such as H. Holland and F. Pouqueville, note the entrenched hatred and intransigent hostilities prevailing between clans in the same village or between two neighbouring villages.P' On the pretext of protecting themselves against brigand attacks, the villagers used weapons to resolve their ethnic and religious differences.65 On the eve of the Balkan Wars, the Greek State, in its demarche to the authorities ofPhiliates, requested the confiscation of the weapons in the hands of the town's Muslim inhabitants, in order to pre-empt the possibility of their joining forces with brigand bands of their compatriots from Margariti and using them against the Orthodox element. 66 There is no shortage of references in the documents to differences between Muslim and Christian villages, such as that at the beginning of the twentieth century in the village of Konjka, which was inhabited by Muslim Albanians, and ofPlisivitza, inhabited by Orthodox RumS.67 In the town of Philiates, seat of the kaimakam, there were the same services and authorities as referred to above for Aydonat. According to the salname of 1288 (18721873) there were 100 shops, two mosques and 250 houses, and the population was 1,240 persons. By 1306 (1890-1891) the population had increased to 1,576 persons.jhe overwhelming majority of them Muslims (there were only 434 Christians). The town had a primary school and a secondary school, as well as two Muslim seminaries (medrese), which were maintained by a vakzJ68 Schools also existed in Salisi, Liopsi, Lykou, Achouria and Konispoli. In 1902 the population, of the province ofPhiliates was 25,000 persons - 15,000 Greek Christians and 10,000 Muslims. In 1905 they are defined numerically respectively as Greek-speaking Orthodox. Christians and Albanien Muslims, speaking Greek and Albanian.69 By this time the villages ofVerva, Yaniari, Karoki, Konispoli, Markati, lnati, Disati, Salesi and Tousa ~iftlik, from the kaza of Filyat, Were subject-to Albania.?"

Kaza of Margalic
The kaza of'Margalic, which in the nineteenth century belonged to the.sancak ofPreveza," bordered to the east with the districts of Preveza and Aydonat, north with the kaza of Filyat, west and south being lapped by the Ionian Sea, and included two nahiyes, of Parga and of Phanari, 72 The kaza of Margalie was created from the nahiye of Mazarak, which in its tum belonged to the sancak of Delvino.P In the sa/name of 1308 (1892-1893) the
64 Psimouli 2006, 181. . 65 For example see A.MKT. UM 188122 (13.8.1271/01.04.1855); 66 DH.EUM 3 3/15 (24.M.l333/13.l2.l913), 68
61 DH.MU


.. ~ Y.A.RES. 77/54 (22.C.l 313/09.12.1 895). 69 Cbristovassilis 1902. 11-12 and Christovassilis 1905, 29-3l. 70 Kokolakis 2003,248-249. 71 Ortayb 1998, 137-138.

127/-1131 .



' 54()/88 (08.R. I 320114.07 .1902).

(13 .L.l327128.1 0.1909).

fA.RES. 100/30 (20.M.1317/30.05.l899);

72 73

DH. TlmK.S. 74/24 (15.C.1326/14.07


.1908). I).

1'BAS. 16/1609 (06.L.1081116.02.167

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population of the district of Margariti is noted as Albanian, originating from the Cham clan. The same source also yields the information that there were in Margariti ruins of an ancient castle, as well as another two castles which had been built by Sultan Bayezid II and Ali Pasa Tepedelenli. Castles existed also in the villages of Koroni, Glyki, Koutzi (pres. Polyneri), Grava (pres. Vounospilia) and lastly at Kastri, capital of the nahiye of Pbanari, to control the area. The oldest mosques in Margariti were built by Bayezid 11,14 and the newest by the vali of Yanya, Mustafa Nuri Pasa, and the agas of Margariti, Ali Tsapari and Huseyin Celebi, There was also a medrese, founded by Piri p~a,15 and there were 24 fountains. E.H. Ayverdi compiled a list of Muslim monuments in the kazal" As mentioned already, the region ofMargariti was controlled by the Tsaparis family. Venetian sources record the brigandage of members of this family, the agas Suleyman and his son Hasan, and their raids against Souli and Preveza. Details are also given of their alliance with the Turkish-Albanian aga Pronio of Paramythia, in 1772, in order to exterminate the Souliots, whose attacks on villages under the jurisdiction of the agas of Paramythia, Margariti and Yanya deprived them of Incomes." The Venetians, staunch allies of Christian Souli, backed it with money and munitions, in this way securing on the landward side the two other Christian ports in their possession, Preveza and Parga. In 1789 the Tsaparaioi allied with Ali Pasa TepedelenIi and agas ofParamythia, and:attacked Souli, starting a war that lasted until 1792.78 In 1794 the Ottoman State, afraid of this aggressive activity of the Margariti agas, asked the Provedditore Generale of Venice not to supply the Tsaparaioi with munitions and ships because they were attacking provinces of the Ottoman Emp ire. 79 . > This powerful family of Margariti had an eye not only on the plain but also on the harbour of Parga, for the exclusive conduct of the region's trade." The consular agent of the French at Arta, Jerome Dupre, remarked in the late eighteenth century that secon~ fiftlik holders of Margariti were dependent on Hasan Aga, which shows the family's omnipotence in the region," They' were the main allies and supporters of Ali in the blockade of Souli in 1802, and in ~e dissolution of the four villages in 1804. Nqnetheless, three years later Aliforced the Proniates and Tsaparaioi agas to abandon theil properties and seek refuge in the loman Islands, and from there to join Mehmed Ali Pasa of Egypt, at whose side they stayed until the fall of the pasa ofYanya.82 The Tsaparaioi kept their power as tax collectors and ~iftlik holders in the region until the beginning of the twentieth cen~ A document of 1909 refers to their seizure and appropriation of the (liftlik of 83 Goritsa.

74 MAD


75 Kolrolakis

76 i\yveJdi 71 Mertzi.os 1940, 12-17; Mouselimis

13588. 2003. 400. 1982, 299, DOS. 3104-3123.

1960; Papageorgiou

1980. 94-95; Psimouli 2006, 322-324; Vetsios'

2007. 78 Arsb 1994, 167.
79 HAT 97138971D (05.L. 1208/06.05. I794); HAT 9713897 (29.Z. 1208128.07.1 794); HAT 97!38971E (03. Za.l208/02.06.1794). . 80 Psimouli 2006, 93-94. 81 Giannakopoulou 1986-87,50,61.

Psimouli 2006, 446.
22/-1/48 (27.N. 1327/12. 10. 1909).

,83 Y.PRK.AZ.J. 54/75 (27.R. 1327/18.05. 19(9); DHMUt.


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In the southern and more lowland part of the kaza of Magarlie the powerful Dino family of Preveza also had land-holdings. (!iftliks and muacele. The tower of the Dino family in the village of Liopsi existed until the Second World War. In Ottoman documents of the period they are referred to as Amavutluk Camltk: hanedanPA and this family sired Abidin Dino Pasa (1843-1906), vali of the Archipelago,85 Ali Dino (18911938), parliamentary deputy of Preveza in the Progressive Party of Papanastasiou and cartoonist in the press of the day, and his brother Abidin Dino, the painter. Mazar and Nuri Dino, who in the interwar years struggled for the inclusion ofTsamouria in Albania, also belonged to the same feudal family. 86 According to the population data for the year 1870-1871, 80% of the kaza's inhabitants were Muslims, and this percentage was maintained throughout the rest of the nineteenth and into the first decade of the twentieth century. In 1895, 5,224 households (23,955 persons) were counted. Appendix I shows that Margariti, Arpitza, Parga and Mazaraki were the most populous settlements. In the mid-nineteenth century, according to the information of P. Aravantinos, of a total of 43 settlements, 11 were ciftlik» and 32 were free villages (karye). The latter, as can be observed, were either purely Muslim or had a majority Muslim population. Documents of the second half of the nineteenth century echo the violence perpetrated against the Christian element'" and the need for additional measures to impose order in the kaza of Margalic, in which brigand bands were roaming. In order to confront the danger these posed, the Muslim inhabitants had to be supplied with weapons.88 In all the censuses 'the Muslim population. of Margariti appears as exceeding the Christian population by\ a wide margin. In Ch. Frangoudis's report drafted for the periodical L'Ortent Chretien in 1866, he notes 1,316 Turkish and .810 Christian families.89 In 1905, according to the estimates of Ch. Christovassilis, of the 9,000 Christian inhabitants only 4,500 were Greek-speaking, while the number of Albanian-speaking Muslims reached 15,000. In 1895, in a memorandum of the Greek Consul General to the "Committee: for reinforcing Education and Church", he mentions there were only 15 Christian households in the capital of the kaza, Margariti, and these were not in a position to pay for the upkeep of a priest.90 In the statistical table of P. Aravantinos too, Margariti is presented as inhabited by 100 Muslim families and only 19 Christian ones.?' . The primary source of income was olive-oil production. Cereals were grown in the fiftliks and good-quality dairy products were produced. The region exported wool, kilims, carpets, woollen socks, capes and 800,000 okas of acorns. The products were transported by pack animals as well as by boats along the network of riverine routes. Exports were shipped through the harbours of Goumenitsa, Plataria, Mourto and Arpitsa. Margariti,


PADH.SA1D.d 152(85 (29.Z.1278127..06.1862); A.MKT. U¥ 96184 (27.C. 126811 8.04.1852); A.MKT.UM. 67/8J (05.L.1267/03.08.1851); A.DVN. 82122 (lO.M. 1269124.10. 1852); A.DVN. 82123 (10.~.l269124.IO.l852); A.MKT. UM. 134/69 (0 1.l;l.1269/1 0.05 .1853). 85 Kooeralp 1999, 54. 86 Manta 2004, 164-165. 87 A..MKT.UM 400/84 (25.$.1276119.03.1860). 88 DH. MU1 . 50/-1/53 (03.M.1328/15.01.l910); Y.PRK.MYD. 18/100 (25.Za.1314127.04.1,97); DH.MKT.
357/40 (06.L.1312102.04.1895).

89 Kokolakis 2003, 462. AYE I 8951fol. Epirus-AJbania. "Committee 91 Psimouli 2006, 82.


reinforce Greek Church and Education".

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seat of a kaimakam, had a town hall and various services that the modernizing reforms imposed in all the empire's provinces. There were Muslim primary schools, a secondary school (Riqdiye mektebi) and a high school (mekteb-i ibtida), which were supervised by a four-man corn.mittee (maarif komisyonu).92 Schools also existed in the villages of Ligorati (pres. Katavothra), Arpitsa (pres. Perdika), Grikochori, Mazaraki, Varfani (pres. Parapotamos), Koutsi (pres. Polyneri) and in Parga. According to the testimony of Christovassilisj" in 1902 there were 19,500 Albanians living in the province ofMargariti and 4,500 Greeks. As far as religion is concerned, there were 15,000 Muslims and 9,000 Christians (4,500 Greeks and 4,500 Albanians). Again according to his estimates, in 1905 the 24,000 inhabitants of the kaza were distributed as follows:94
Greek-speaking Orthodox Christians Greek-speaking and Albanian-speaking Orthodox Christians


Albanian-speaking and simultaneously Greek-speaking Muslims


Concluding remarks
Tsamouria is a good field of observation for following the role of the Albanian tribes in the borderlands of the Ottoman Empire, their services to and their network of relations with the Sublime Porte. Gergana Georgieva's.observation that the boundaries of administrative regions inArvanitia were defined on the basis pf the land-holdings of the Albanian beys and the local nobles, "who ruled the region as legitimate governors, mutasarrtfs, even in earlier periods", applies also to Tsamouria. These realms were indeed hereditary and old Albanian families became local ruling dynasties." This whole feudal microcosm was in a continuous state of enmity and upheaval. Agas, beys, and Ottoman officials vied with one another and fought incessantly between fbemselves. 'Might is right' held sway and war was the sole means of solving all differences. The much-suffering Christian and Muslim inhabitant, enduring the victor's wrath, remained without house and fields, was turned by the owner into a, tenant or was obliged to abandon the home of his forefathers. as in the case of the Souliotes. The Albanian character of the ruling feudal class, in conjunction with the frontier character of the region and the heterogeneity of the population (Greeks, Albanians, Slavs, Vlachs), continually generated acute social oppositions and ethnoreligious rivalries. These rivalries were reinforced by the constant uncertainty about the political future of the region, until the time of the Balkan Wars when Tsamouria was annexed to the Greek State. Thereby the region's history entered another phase, the events in which compose the picture of the unsuccessful process of incorporating the Muslim Chams into Greek society, with the well-known dramatic climax in the Greek-Italian War and the Nazi Occupation of Greece.

92 A.MKT.MVL. 112/99 (02.C.1 276/28. 12.1 859); l.DH. 486/32844 N.1304/12.06.l88i); 1.MMS. 9113854 (14.L.1304!06.07.1887). 93 Christovassilis 1902, 11-12. 94 cbristovassilis 1905, 29-31. 95 Georgieva 2007, 13.


MV. 2112 (20.


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Appendix I - Demographic data for the kazas of Aydonat, Filyat and Margalic
Symbols used in the tables [ ] : the present name. () : the number of Muslim households. NO.: mixed population, Albanian and Greek. Symbols used in Aravantinos's table. The fact that A is first presumably implies that the majority of the population were Albanians. G/A: Greek and Albanian population. In. the case of these villages, the Greek element is in. the majority. G: Greek population. (~); r;iftlik village. (k): free village.


Unless otherwise stated all figures refer to the number of households.

Kaza of Aydonat (Paramythia)
Name ofviJlage Aydonat Belesi (9) Borovari (9) Cboika (9) Dovla (k) Dragani (k) Dragumi96 (k) Glavitza (9)
Granitza (9)

7 [Kyra- Panagia]


98 8


AlO AlO /0

1895 469 ,


[Ampelia] [Zervochori] [Avlotopos] [Katamachi]

8 46

18 42

22 18

A/o. AlO'


10 23

50 34 13 25

38 30 14
13 9



Gratziani (9) Orika (9) Kaitsa (k)
Kaminia(~) Kardiki (k) Karvunari (k) Karyoti (9)

20 5


0. 0. 0 Af_o. 0

93 110 29 33

40 20 156




(30) (150) (150)



Kerasovo (9) Kolyostati (9) Kopratc) Koristiani (e) Kukulioi (e)
Laliza (9) Lambinitza (~)

12 10

[Anthochori) [Frosyni]

13 20 30

17 17

6 9 19


a a a



Lefterochori ( e)
Ligianoi (e) Logat (k) Lozana (9)

[Elataria J 13


5 1

a Ala a

32 30 20 60 60
6 7

L~bikista (~) Lyviabovo (9)
, Maja (e)

[ZotikoJ (polydoro]





96 The Orthodox church in the village was renovated in 1911 at the expense of the St. Demetrios monastery, which used for this purpose the money gaineil from selling an orchard; see l.AZN. 101I1329/R·14 (24.. R. 1329124.04.191 1).

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[Neraida] 8


8 20


Nikolitzi (k) Nikolitzi + Psaka Niochori (k) [Pente Ekklisies] Ozdina (IY) Paliokoutzaki (IY) Pangrati (9) Petousi (e) Petrovitsa (k) Plakoti (e) [Ag. Kyriald] Popovo (9) [pardalitsa) Pradali (9)





22 20 25 40

10 20 6 22 22


30 25 25

28 70

28 84

Radovizdi (9) Saloniki (9) Seliani (9) Senikou (9) Sevasto (9) Sfakari (9) Skandalo (9) Skupitsa (k)
Stanovo (e)

22 42 16 23 16




a a a


50 40 105 25 30

12 [Ag. Mavra]

14 8

18 48

13 14 5 8 8 5


14 12

0 G G

35 60 25 20 6 7
7 7

Stregonetzi (y) Toblesa (k) Toshkesaki (9) [Mikrochori] Tsangari elY) Tsifliki. [Rachouli lIKallithea] Tsourilla (9) Valanidia (9) [Fteri] Varbombi (9) Vathylakkos (m) Veliani (9) [Chrysavgi] , [polydroso] Vlachor Ic) Voinikou (y) [Prodromi] Vreniko (y) [Vereniki] Vrysopoula (IY) Vursina!n (IY) Zalango Bala (y) Zalongo Zir (9) {Ag. Nikolaos] Zaravutsl98 (9) Zelessos (9) [Xirolophos] Monasteries of Pang os and Dogoo99 Monastery of Prodromes 100 Monastery of Panagia I 01 ToW

[Ag. Georgios] [Mandrotopos] [Dichouni]


7 14 10 40 7


37 10

21 I1 30


7 5 35
15 90 25

7 8
10 15



48 24 5 11






6 9 12

6 22 7
9 }8 28

30 60 35 7 26 15

16 26


25 30 2






97 The fiftlik is mentioned in documents of 1882: see IDH. 865169247 (29.Z.1299I1LlLl882) and 1903 DH.TMiKS 46i18 (15.Ra. 1321111.06.1903). 98 EvJiya Celebi records it asa Christian village: see Evliya Celebl 2003, 293. . 99These are respectively the Pagania and the Dicbouni monastery; see Oikonomou 1964, 97.98, 92·93. 100 This is the monastery near the vi1lage ofVeliaoi (mod. Chrysavgi); see Oikonomou 1964,94·97. 101Oikonomou 1964,91.92; Pasali 1996.1997,369.394. .


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Kaza of Filyat
Name of village Ahurya 8aliil02 (9) Aburya Zir (y) Arachova (y) Babouri!03 (~) Babur Aburya (c) Brania(y) Disbad (k) Doliani (k) Fauerom.ene (y) Fatiri (y) Filiat Finiki (y) Giromeri (k) Glousta (y) Gola ('() Gourtza ('() Gourtza (k)
Imari ( )

[Ag, Pautes] (Ag. Nikolaos]

1827 60 70

1834 60 80

18:56 60 40 90 11


[Marina] -


[Geroplatanos] [Kerasochori]


1895 113 47 45 184 48 17 36

20 40

26 46 80 17

[Kefalocbori] [Kato Palaiokldisi] [Ano Palaiokklisi]

76 16

40 20 30 50 85 80 16 34




37 46 317 67 146 116 29 47 110 46


Kalbak'04 (k) [Elia] Karold (y) [Acbladya] Karyani (9) Kastanya (y) [Melia] Keramitsa (y) Kokinesta (k) [KokkiniaJ Kolckinon Lithari (y) KonispoiislOS (k) Kontzka(k) [Kotsika] Koutzi ('() [Vrysoula] Leptokaria (y) Lia (9) Lim.bovon ('() [Kryonerio] [Neo Asprokldisi] LiopsilO6 (~) Lista107 (9) Lykou 108 (9) [Charavgi] Malouni (9) Mautzare (k) [Kyparissos]




9 10



70 35 25 (250) (100)


31 32 52 52 282
166 32



7 120 55



34 47 36


40 41




55 89 70 70






102A document of 1909 attests to the existence of a Greek school in the village: see i.AZN. 84/1327 IRa-IO (15. Ra.1327106.04.1909). ..J . 103Natsis 1991. , 104 DHMKT. 534/63 (27.Ra ..1_320/03.07.1902). 105 DHiD. 144/1/39 (17.L.1330129.09.l912). In this village, which Ay"verdi reads as Kostol, he mentions the existence of the Hasan Ago. mosque, a medrese and schools; see Ayverdi 1982.297, DI¥. 3046-30.39. 106 Evliya Celebi records it already from the seventeeth century as a Muslim viIJage: see Evliya <;elebi 2003, 295. l 107 Tn 1913 permission was granted to build a church; see 1.AZN. -111113311C~21 (17.C.l331124.0S.1913). 108 In 1896 a school was built in the Lykos r;:iftik, for its Christian inhabitants; see i,AZN. 18II313/~-16 (19. $.1313/ .

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Markates (k) Mengouli Mouzaka(k) Ninates (k) Palaba (~)

(150) 8 10 20 10 13 20 46 8 4 (38) (60)


117 25 93 17 35 31

Palaiochori (~) Pigadoulia (y)
Pitsar (y) Pitsar (k) [Aetas] Pitzous (k) PlesivitsalO9 (y) [Plaisio] Povla (y) [Ambelonas] Ravene (~) Rodostiva (~) Salisi (k) Sayada (k) Sboka (y) [Sbokia] Sefere (Ie) [Skefari - Myloi] Sideri (k) Skliavi (~) [Ag, Arsenios] Skliavi (k) Skoupitza (Ie) [Kestrini] SmertclullO (k) Souloupia (k) [Trikoryfo] Spalari (k) Tsifliki Mane Tusha (y) Tzamanta III ( Tzaraklimane (y)[Kallithea] Verva(k) Vilia (k) [Donates] Virsela (k) [Vrysella] Xehoro Oem: (k) [Ano Xechoro] Xehoro Memko (k) [Xechoro] Xehoro Zeineli (k) [Kato Xechoro] Yaniari (k) Yeromer Panaya Manastm 113 Total

30 14

7 25 6 8 250 18 47

(30) (102)

G/A 89 G/A


20 54 9

344 37

60 60
64 64

(80) (90)

15 150 141 73


70 (10)


f b..

17 140 29 t2


15 17 150
28 18

14 128

3 38 ' 33 39 38 65 20 227 52
64 "8

.38 11 (50)



46 (60) 963 1073 1835 (1540)

GIl\. G/A

54 105 35114

109 Pegas 2006. 110 DH.MKT. 305/64 (ll.ea.BI21 09.11.1894). 111 In 1908 permission was granted to build a church; see ll2 J.DH. 881170236 (0 I.Ca. 1300/1 0.03.1883). II3 Oikonomou 1964,74-83.


8111326!N-09 (28.N.1326124.10.1908).

This is a number of monks.


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Kaza of Marga/if
Name of village [perdika] Arpitza1l5 (k) Artsa (~) [Narkissos] Arvenitsa (k) [Argyrotopos] Aya(k) Aya Triada Bedlish (k) [Bedeleni] Berbil (~)[Andoni] [Oefyri] Beshere Ic) [Kolestasi] Dapanlrule (~) Dirames (k) Dirimitsa (k)

1827 18 14 8 95 5 8 10

1834 22

1856 12 6

(150) (30)


9 120 4 8 38 8 31 32


107 3 16 18 (50)

1895 386 26 86 186
13 13


Gliki (~)
Glopotzari (k) Goritsa1l6 Grava (k) Grikochori (k) Kanalakl17 (k) Kartereza (k) Kastri <fi:) Kastri Dagl (k) Klisura (~) Kodra(k) Konostates (IY) Koritiani (k) Koron (y) Korooopulo (~) Kosovitsa (k) Kourtesi (k) Koutzi (k) Lediza (k) Likuris <fi:) Livadari (k) Lougarat (k) Manya(y) Margariti Mavroudi (k) Mazaraki 118 (k) Milikokia (k) [Makrochora ]


(30) 16 22 44 16 16


[Karteri] [phanari] [Igoumenitsa ]

16 11 8 18 5 13 18 10 7

14 19 140 20 7

27 50 29 20 140 28 7 4 12 12 26 22 15 17 8




(20) (20) (40)

15 19 68 21 41 33 53 53 244 79 27 33 189




[Ag. Marina] [Mesovouni] [polyneri] [Ladochori] [Mesopotamo [Katavothra]

9 20 12 17


(~) 4


23 33 28 35 ... 130 78

15 17 6 8

15 20 8 to

19 -25


Mesovouni (~)
Morfati (k) Mouri (k) [Morpbi) [PigiJ


7 6

AlG AlO (250) . AlG AlG (6) AlG Ala AlG

13 31 163 9 546 27 318 19 23 5



A.MKT.UM 385190 (23.Ca.1 276/19.1 2. 1859). 116ln 1909 the Tsaparaioi family appropriated the fifilik; see 1.AZN. 24/13141L-06 (26.L.1314/30.03.1897). 117 i.DB. 870/69532 (02.M.1300/13.11.1882). 118 lAZN. 87/1327/B-09 (i6.B.l327/03.08.1909).


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Muzakat (y) Nemitsa Ic) Nesta (IY)





[Vouvopotamos] . [Faskomilia] [Neochorio]



8 12

(140) (40)

Nounesati (k) Parga [Kryovrysi] Pestani ~) Platarya 19 (k) Potamya (IY) Punda Monasteryl20 Rapeza (k) [Antbousa] Rayu MonasteryI21 Retsat (k) [Tropaiouchos] [Ag, Georgios] Rizyani (k) Salitza (k) [Lakka] Sekpeton Senitsa (k) [Eleftherio] [Myloi] Sharat (k) Shendila (k) [Ag. Kyriaki] Shenmeriza (k) . Skorpiona (k) [Ammoudia] Smokovina (k) [Sykochori] Souvliasi (k) [Ag. Vlasis] Spatbari (k) Splanca (y) [Ammoudia] . Tsifiiki • Tsifiik Hadji Kasim (k) [Ragio] Tsikurat (e) [Tsekouri] [Tsouknida] Tsoukniza (e) [Kypseli] Turkopaliko (e)" Valanidoracho (e) [parapotamos] Varfani (y) Viratla (~) [Vratilia1 [Syvota] Volial22 (y)
Vrachona (y)

60 28 18 16

110 28 17 12

150 28 20 19 25


29 36 108 15 62 377 43 34 26 4 101 7

28 8

40 ,9

6 40 6

(50) (80) (6)


128 55 47 10 24 36 33 194 23 34 17 7 25 43 32 141 15 257 86 50

(20) (30) 80 24


70 22 6 15 24 6 18 8'

90 20 10 15 7 7 26 16 5

(80) (6) (4)


20 10 28 24



(130) (40) (30) (40) (20)



Vrastovon (y) Vrysi (y) Yunus (e) Zaravina Vlachs . Gypsies Total

[Paliokastro ] [Acberousia]






17 15


(20) 1099+20 1263




119 EvangeJou 2003; Evangelou 2004. 1200ikonomou 1964,93-94. 121Oikonomou 1964,84-87. 122i.DH. 866/69273 (29.Z. 1299/11.1 1.1882).


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Appendix II ~ Kaimakams and naibs of Aydonat, Filyat and Margalic
1867 1868 1872-73 1876-78 1883-86 1888

of Aydonat
Hnseyin Ago Mum Efendi Tevfik Efendi

A.MKTMHM 425/94 A.MKT.MHM 425194
Yanya Salnamesi 1288,36 Yanya Salnamesi 1292,48; Yanya Sa/names; 1293, 48 i.DR. 70252/881; DH.MKT. 1471/107 DH.MKT. 14711107; iDH 1064/83434; Y.PRK.AZ!. 12/84; DH.MKT.1482/90;

lskender Bey
Mehmed Fazh Efendi Miislihiddin Bey

DH.MKT. 1562/20

I 89();"01
1892 1893 1893 1894

Suleyman Fehmi Efendi Ali Nihat Efendi Mnslihiddin Bey

Rnstem Efendi
Halil Efendi Mehmed Serif Efendi Silleyman Fikri


lDH. 1191193223 i.DH .. 1191/93223 Yanyo Salnamesi 1306,81-82 1.DH 1307 11311/S-41; Yanya Salnamesi 1308, 128 i.DH. 13091131I1Ca-32; i.DH. 13091l3111L-20; 1.DH 1307/1311/S-41 i.DH 1309/1311/Ca-32; 1.DH. 13121I3111Za27; DH.MKT. 115/31 DH.MKT 232/36; i.DB. 1312/1311/Za-27; DH.MKT. 284/4; DH .. KT. 3 I 9/58; M

DH.MKT. 348/40; i,DH 1323/1312/Z-44
1894 1895 1899-1904 1905 1906 1907 1913 Mebmed Rnstem Efendi Malik Efendi Ishak Tevfik. Efendi

Vehbi Efendi
Nusret Efendi

Ibrahim R1l¢t1 Efendi
Sefik Bfendi


DH.MKT. 298/11; DH.MKT. 314/8 1.DH. 1323/13121Z-44; lDH. 1361/13161N-ll 1.DH. 136211316fL..18; 1. TAL. 249113191M-006; Yanya Salnamesi 1319, 114 I.DH. 1447l1324/B-09 i.DH. 1447/13241B-09; I.DH. 146011325/N-32

i.DR. 1509/1331/Za-12

Naibs of Aydonat
1852 1860 1866 1872-73 1876-77 Mehmed Ril¢fi Efendi Oveys Naili Efendi Abdullah Efendi Stileyman Hilmi Efendi

Peyzi Efendi
Huseyin Husnil Efendi Mehmed Rasid Efoom

189();"91 1892-93

Ali Mi1rteza Efendi of Filyat
Ismail Bey Halit Efendi Sadik Bey Abdullah Pasa Servet Bey

A.MKTNZD. 54/~ A.MKTDY. 202/60 A.MKTMHM 357/89 Yanya Salnamesi 1288, 36 Yanya Salnamesi 1292, 48 Yanya Salnamesi 1293,48 YanyaSalnames; 1306,81-82 Yanya Salnamesi 1308, 128

1872~73 1876-87 1877-78 1879 1880

Yanya Salnamesi 1288, 63 Yanya Salnamesi 1"292. 47· Yanya Salnamesi 1293,51 Y.PRK.UM 1174 i.DH 807/65233

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1890·91 1892·9.3 1899 1903·04 1906 1907 1908 1910 1911 1912 Naibs 0/ Filyat 1872·73 1876~78 1890·91 1892·9.3 1899 Kaimakams .1867 1872·73 1876·77 1877·78 1883 1884 1888 1-890 1890·91 -

Mehmed Galib Bey Mehmed Nuri Efendi Nuri Efendi Abdurrahman Fenni Efendi Ibrahim R~di1 Bfoom
Nusret Efendi

Hliseyin Efendi Ziya Bey Enver Efendi Ali Kemal

Yanya Salnamesi 1306, 82·83 Yanya Salnamesi 1308, 133 LDH. 1369/1317/C-40; Kokolakis 2003,503 Yanya Salnamesi 1319, 82~83 i.DR. 146011325/N-32 IDH 1472/1326/2a·66; i.DB. 1460/132M-32 DB.iD. 1241115; iDH 1472/1326/2a-66 IDH 1487/13291R-08 IDH 1489/1329/N-04 DHiD. 81/2/31; IDH. 1494/1330IB·30

Ragib Efendi

Abdiilbilmi Efendi Adem Fuzi Efendi Nimetullah Efendi MehmedFehmi Efendi

Yanya Salnamesi Yanya Salnamesi 1293,51 Yanya Salnamesi Yanya Salnamesi Kokolakis 2003,

1288, 63 1292,47; Yanya Salnamesi 1306, 82·83 1308, 117 503

HOsntl Bfenm Mahmud Bey Nusret Bey 'Salih Hayri Efendi Salih Hayti Efendi AbdiUkerim Bey Yahya Bey Riza Bey Salih Hayri Efendi A.MKT.MHM. 371/47 Yanya Salnamesi 1288, 68 Yanya Salnamesi 1292,73 Yanya Salnamesi 1293, 69 IDH 879170156 fA.RES. 28/6 DH.MKT. 1549179; DH.MKT. 156.3/68 Y.PRK.DH. 4/64; Y.PRK.UM. 24174 YanyaSalnamesi 1306, 113~116; DH.MKT. 1554/115; DHMKT. 1163/100; 1.DH. 1148/89514 .' IDH 1257/98738; DH.MKT. 16/39; Yanya Salnamesi 1308, 222·223 IDH. 1282/100894;. DH.MKT. 170/47; Y.PRKAZI. 28/2; DRMKT 218/53; l.tu: 55/1311lZ-10l DH.MKT. 27317; iDH. 1328J1313/Ca42; YanyaSalnamesi 1311, 171·175 i.DB. 132811313/Ca-42; lDH. ·135211315/N.15 lDB. 1352/1315/N~lS;. i.DH 1369/1317/G40; YA.BUS. 408/66; Kokolakis2003, 506 I.TAL.217113'l8JRa..041 Yanya Salnames; 1319, 118 i.DH 1459/1.325/$41 I.DH. 1459/1325/~-41; DR.MU1. 2/·2169 i.DH 14821132818-10 lDH. 1482113281B·IO i.DB. 149411330/N·19; lDB. 1499/133.1/$-20


RaufBey Muharrem Bey

Bahaeddin Bey 1895·98 1898·99 1900 1903·04 1907 1907·09

FehmiBey Ali Riza Efendi Nuri Efendi Haci Sahh Efendi HamiEfendi Nuri Bey RaufBey Zeki Bey Sabri Efendi

1910·11 1912


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Naibs of Margali~
1872- 73 1876-77 1877-78 1890-91 1892-93 1895-96 1899 Kasun Efendi Mehmed Edib Efendi Abdulcelil Efendi Mehmed Fazh Efendi

Mebmed Fehmi Efendi
Nairn Efendi MehmedErnin

Yanya Yanya Yanya Yanya Yanya Yanya

Sa/names; Sa/names; Sa/names; Sa/names; Sa/names; Salnamesi

1288,68 1292, 73 1293,69 1306, 113-116 1308,222-223 1311, 171-175

Kokolakis 2003, 506

Appendix III - Public buildings and population in the kazas of Aydonat, Filyat and Margalic according to the sa/name 1872173
Aydonat Town, Villages and Tsiftliks Churches! Haw Monasteries Mosques and mesdjids Muslim religious buildings (Takiyyeffiirbe ) Houses Shops and storehouses Mills Tanners Tile factory Bakeries Filyat 63 60 34 Margalie 55 12 43

212 22 4 2570 121 3123

3 I
5 6 10 1 4 1 13 93 8000 3900

4800 100 35 2 9 3 10

2628 100 11


Cafe, Cazino, Taverns Government Office Primary schools Soup kitchen Bridges Fountains Christians Muslims

57 2 9 30 12947 9251



20260 4750


123 The mills belonged' to the sultan; cf./.DH 939/14385 (05.Ra.l302l23.12.1884), lDH. 969176581 (23. 8.1303/30.11.1885).

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Century Ottoman Thesprotia


Unpublished Documents
1. Prime Ministry Ottoman Archive in istanbul
A. Documents:

1. Bablali Evrak Odasi Sad.aret Evrala Divan (Beylikei) Kalemi (A.DVN.)
Mektubi Kalemi, Deavi (A.MKT.D V) Miihimme Kalemi (A.MKT.MHM)

Mektubi Kalemi, Meclis-i Vala (A.MKT.MVL.) Mektubi Kalemi, Nezaret ve Devair (A.MKT.NZD.) Mektubi Kalemi, Umum Viiayat (A.MKT.UM) 2. Dahiliye Nezareti Evralo Defterler (DH. SAiD.d) Bmniyet-i Umwniye MudOriyeti 3. $ube (DR. EUM3.$b) Islahat (DH. TMlK. S)
ldare Kismi (DHiD.)

Mektubi Kalemi (DH.MKT.) Muhabenit-l Umwniye ldaresi (DHMUi.) 3. Hariciye Nezareti Evrakt Mektubi Kf11emi (HR. MKT.) 4. Hatt-l Hfunayfin Tasnifi (HAT) 5. Ibnulemin Tasnifi Askeriye (IE. AS.) 6. trade Tasnifi trade, Adliye ve Mezahip (1.Am.) hade. Dahiliye (i.DH.)

trade, Hususl (1. HUS.) Irade, M!beyn-i Htimaytin (J.lvfBH) trade, Meclis-i Mahsus (1.MMS.) '7. Meclis-i VUkeIa Mazbatalan (M'v.)
Irade, Meclis-i (i.MVL.) hade. Taltifat (i.TAL.) ,




8. Y ildiz Tasnifi Mntenevvt Maruzat EvrakI (Y.MTV) Sadaret Hususi MarOzat Evrala (YA.HUS.) Sadaret Resmi Marfizat Evraki (YA .. ES.) R Perak:ende Evrakt Arzuhal ve Jurnaller (Y.PRK.AZJ.) Perakende Dahiliye Nezareti Miruzatt (Y.PRK.DH) . Perakende Evralo Umum Pilayet1flr Tahrirati (Y.PRK.UM) Yaveran ve Miiiyyet-i Seniyye Erldin-l Harbiyye Dairesi (Y.PRK.MYD.)

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1. Maliyeden Mudevver Defterler (MAD) Nos. 1351,6851, 10198, 13588, 15207, 16152, 18320


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II. Historical Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Athens (AYE).
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