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Karamanlides

The tribe Karamanlides lived in the region of Karaman of The Ottoman Empire. The region is well known as Cappadocia. Also there were many Karamanlides living in Constantinople (Istanbul) and other provinces of the Empire. Karamanlides were a Christian Orthodox people, monolingual with Turkish. They were writing Turkish with Greek alphabets. Today, only a 80-100 people group remaining from this tribe live in Constantinople. All of the Karamanlides were sent to Greece after the exchange of populations.  

The symbol of Roman Empire-Dikefalos

Karamanlides used Turkish as the church language and translated the bible into Karamanlidika. Also the first novel written in the Ottoman Empire was Temasha-e Dounia by a Karamanlis Evangelinos Missailidis(1872). In this novel, Ottoman Empire is characterized through the eyes of a Greek living in Constantinople. Also many religious, law, philosophy, medical books were written or translated in Karamanlidika language. One of such books is named Anadolu Türküleri(The Songs of Anatolia), by Stauros Stauridis(1896). A lyric from the book:

 BIRER BIRER SAYDIM DA YEDI YIL OLDU
DIKTIĞIN FIDANLAR MEYVAYA DURDU
SENINLE GIDENLER SILAYA DONDU
ISTANBUL YOLUNA DIKTIM GOZUMU

 I counted the years one by one and it made up of seven
The saplings you planted now give fruit
Those who had gone with you returned to homeland
I still have my eyes on the roads from Istanbul 

 Also there were newspapers published in Karamanlidika as Anatoli, which was  established by Evangelinos Missailidis in 1851 and continued to circulate till 1914

By the exchange treaty both Greece and Turkey solved their ethnic minority problems. In a radical and bitter way. The Muslims in Greece and The Orthodox Greeks in Turkey were exchanged. 

In 1924, all the Karamanlides started the immigration to Greece. When they were transported to the harbour of Mersin, neither of them had an idea about the place they're going, besides most of them were seeing the sight of the sea for the first time. The Karamanlides were regarded as foreigners also in Greece. 

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