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Izmir / Smyrna

facts in brief

Part of Joseph Roux map, 1764
Part of Joseph Roux map, 1764

Facts in brief:

Third largest city in Turkey; ancient Aeolian city taken by Ionians; seized by Alyattes of Lydia around 600 BC; captured by Turkmen Aydin principality early 1300s; about 1425 incorporated into Ottoman Empire; exports figs, tobacco, cotton & silk.

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