History of Gokceada
Gokceada was dominated by many nations and tribes throughout history.
It has always been somewhere attracting because of being an important point at the entry of the
Dardanelles. Because the island was so often invaded, no development was established; besides,
the folk was harmed. The folk sick and tired of the pressure and discomfort gathered a committee
to Plead Fatih Sultan Mehmet, the sultan of the Otoman Empire at the meantime, for protection.
It is accepted that the first tribe stepping on the island is the Pelagians(Akalar).the Works
found as a result of excavations under control of Prof. Dr. Halime Turkyılmaz indicate the fact
that the history of the island date back to 5000 years before. After the Pelagians(Akalar);
Persians, Athens, Spartians, Romans, Byzantines, Genoses Venetians and Turkish Republic dominated
Gokceada respectively. The folk themselves requested protection from the Otoman Empire. Althougt
the island has been inhabited by many civilizations, so little trace did they leave behind due
to the depredation after each war. In the history of Gokceada, the ruins of each dominating
civilizations have been scattered in the island. The most important of them is 5 thausan years'
tumulus on Cinarli plain. The grave made of rock in Aydincik and the tomb graves behind a house
in Kalekoy are very interesting. There are ruins of a castle left from Geoneses. There are also
ruins of an old castle in Seytan Kayaliklari in the site of Kapikaya. The headquarter used by the
English in World War I, ruins of a barrage lake and the sunk in the sea in Guzelcekoy are highly
interesting. There also take place laundaries, cannons and documents from the Otoman Empire. In the
seas are observed many old sunks and anphoras. The ancient looms, barrels, wooden things are under
protection. The ruins of presumably the oldest barrage are in Roksados. In Thameni 'the place of
buried treasure' in Tepekoy, archeological ruins have been found. Various archeological ruins are
excavated in Kefaloz in Yenimahalle, in Balidosta in Tepekoy, in Arasia and Krioneroda in Zeytinlikoy
and in Pirgosta and Kastro in Derekoy (Yukari Kalekoy).
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