A few words on: The Greeks in Cargèse


The Greeks in Cargèse are a minority living in Corsica; culturally and linguistically related to the course of the population. And although the island was colonised locally by them, (notably, the town of Aléria), the population is more so that of the XVII century.
The Peloponnese peninsula of Uriginari Maina decided to abandon their homeland, occupied by the Ottomans, and a search for a new home started around 1663.

The territory was visited by John Stefanopoli. After the devastation carried out by the Ottomans, preparations were accelerated for the exodus. On October 3rd, 1675, seven hundred and thirty embarked on a ship – destination Genoa, arriving on January 1st, 1676.

With the money supplied by Genoa, the Greeks were able to construct five villages within a year. In 1678, the Notre-Dame de l’Assomption cemetery in Rondolino was finished.

Exile to Ajaccio took place until November 1774, under the auspices of the Count of Marbeuf (who had at this stage replaced the Genoese in 1768, with the possession of the island).

In Vico, the Jacobins attacked the Greeks who then fled to Ajaccio, and remained there for four years, until General Casabianca ordered them to return to Cargèse.

The last attacks by the inhabitants of Vico took place in 1814.

Over the centuries, the population was assimilated both linguistically and culturally until the dying-out of the Greek dialect in 1974 in Cargèse, with the death of the last orator.

Source: Cultura di Corsica ©

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