Imbros / Ιμβρος / Gökçeada

M0140v Imbros 1900 AD
Map of Imbros 2000 AD  [Wikipedia]

Imbros belonged to the Ottoman Empire since the decline of the Byzantine Empire. The population at the beginning of the 20th century was primarily Greek about 90 %.

During the 1st World War the island was occupied by Greek forces and Ottoman and Greek stamps were used with Greek cancellation. With the 1920 treaty of Sevres Imbros and the islands of the Aegean Archipelago were ceded to Greece. After the failure of the Greek expedition in Asia Minor the agreement was renegotiated and in the treaty of Lausanne Imbros and Tenedos were returned to Turkey with extensive autonomy privileges for the Greek population.

These privileges never materialized. During the Greco-Turk tension the Turkish pressure on the inhabitants of the island increased and the majority was forced to leave the island. Only a few hundred Greeks of the initially about 25000 remained.


Imbros Ottoman and Geek stamps with Greek Cancellation

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