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The Genoese Colonies In Front Of The Turkish Advance (1453-1475)

The Genoese Colonies In Front Of The Turkish Advance (1453-1475)

By Giustina Olgiati

Ankara Üniversitesi Dil ve Tarih-Coğrafya Fakültesi Tarih Bölümü Tarih Araştırmaları Dergisi, Vol.15:26 (1991)

Introduction: The situation of the Gerioese colonies in the East after the fall of Constantinople is efficaciously reflected in two letters sent to Genoa, a few months distant the one from the other, from Pera and from Chios. In the first letter, written on the 23rd of June 1453, the ex-podesta of Pera, Angelo Giovanni Lomellino, related the tragic events of the conquest of the Greek Capital city and the surrender of the Genoese colony: the escape of the Christiansı ships, the sack, the demolition of all fortifications. That meant the order for Chios to pay a tribute, and the possibility of Kaffa and tha other lands of the Black Sea of being asked to pay some tributes too; that exorted the government of Genoa and the Christians to intervene; it revealed the wish of Mehmed to reach and to conquest Rome within two years.

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