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Corfu / Kérkira

facts in brief

Part of  Braun and Hogenberg II-53 map, 1575
Part of Braun and Hogenberg II-53 map, 1575

Facts in brief:

Island: Settled by Corinthians; noted as site of first naval battle of Greek history ca. 664 BC; when it sought help of Athens against Corinth, this was one of causes of Peloponnesian War; taken by Rome in 229 BC; was Venetian 1386-1797, & British 1809-1864.

City: Corinthian colonists named the city for Gorgon, the mythological demon who was routed by the Corinthian Bellerophon; noted for its palace.

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