Τρίτη, 28 Μαΐου 2019

The Greek constructors of the railway in Tanzania


(Excerpt from the book ‘The Greek community in Tanzania’)


The construction of the railway in the German colony of Tanganyika (pr. Tanzania) commenced in the late 19th century. However, due to the shortage of sufficient labour, the landscape difficulties and the outbreak of sleeping illness, the railway could not be implemented. For that reason, in 1905, the Germans assigned the project to Greeks contractors and technicians. Most of those Greeks were familiar with such works, since they had worked either on the Baghdad railway or in the railroad construction in the horn of Africa. Some of them were Stamatis Emmanuel, Alexander Skoutaris, Dimitris Kapetsakos, George Arnaoutoglou, Dimitris Gikas, George Giannikos, Michael Kazamias, Lazaros Horn, Kleanthis Papadopoulos, Kostas Panagiotou, Manolis Sarmanis, Manolis Mantheakis, Dimitris Tsakiris, Tasos Vasardanis and Fotis Kontopoulos.


The Greek community in Tanzania

For the first time, the history of the Greek community in Tanzania.
The book is the result of an extensive research in public and private collections in Tanzania, Greece, Great Britain and Germany.
The luxury, hardcover publication is available by the author Antonis Chaldeos (Email:anchald1997@hotmail.com)

Κυριακή, 24 Μαρτίου 2019

The Greeks in Beira of Mozambique in the late 19th century

The Greeks in Beira of Mozambique in the late 19th century

[excerpt from the book ‘The Greek community in Mozambique’]

In the 1890s, the first Greeks from Kasos and Lemnos Island immigrated to Beira. That time, malaria, sleeping sickness and other tropical diseases plagued the whole region resulting in an increased mortality. The transformation of Beira from an uninhabited and almost unknown place in Eastern Africa to an important port soon started

The Greeks of Sudan in the late 1900s

The Greeks of Sudan in the late 1900s

(Excerpt from the book ‘The Greek community in Sudan’)

Due to the construction fever that Khartoum experienced between 1899 and 1902, thousands of workers arrived in the capital of Sudan. Most of them were of Greek origin. Gradually, more Greeks settled in the city making the Greek community the largest among the Europeans of the Sudanese capital.



The Greek pioneers of Malawi in the 1900s

The Greek pioneers of Malawi in the 1900s

In 1903, Blantyre of Nyasaland (cur. Malawi) connected with Rhodesia through railway. As a result, several Greeks who resided in Salisbury and Umtali of Rhodesia and owned small trading firms moved eastwards to Nyasaland to expand their business. They settled in Blantyre which was the main commercial centre of the Nyasaland protectorate and they started selling products to the local small European community.

Πέμπτη, 10 Ιανουαρίου 2019

The Greeks of Sudan in the mid-19th century


The Greeks of Sudan in the mid-19th century

(Excerpt from the book ‘The Greek community in Sudan’)

From 1830 onwards, as the Sudan was a sort of mainland for those who lived and operated a business in Egypt, a small number of Greeks became active in the ivory, leather and ostrich feathers trade. Indeed, since the Greeks were the first European in the area, from the mid 19th century, they guided the expeditions along the Nile River several times. Once the trip through the Nile was very difficult and required a person with a good knowledge of navigation, the Greeks often were the captains of small boats that were making these exploratory trips. Since they knew the region and the local languages, they acted like the “Marco Polo” of Africa, according to Samuel Baker. At the same time, the increasing commercial activity between the regions of western Sudan and the Maghreb, especially after the second half of the 19th century, was an event of decisive importance for the wider region since it led the first European traders, including the Greeks, to Sudan. Gradually, Sudan became a significant trade centre of the whole north-eastern Africa. Goods were transported by camels until Aswan and from there, either by land or through the Nile they were delivered to Cairo.

Σάββατο, 24 Νοεμβρίου 2018

The Greeks of Lourenço Marques (Mozambique) in 1895


(excerpt from the book ‘The Greek community in Mozambique’)


In 1895, the Greek community of Lourenço Marques numbered 34 people. Most of them were workers, fishermen and traders and lived by the central railway station in Rua Araujo.




Πέμπτη, 18 Οκτωβρίου 2018

The Greek railway workers of Mozambique


(excerpt of the book ‘The Greek community in Mozambique’)


The first Greeks immigrated to Beira in 1890. They were mainly from Lemnos and Kasos and worked in the construction of the railway which would link Beira to Salisbury in the then Rhodesia (pr. Zimbabwe).
The Greek presence was crucial to the completion of the railway because of their expertise and their prior experience in similar projects both in Asia Minor and Egypt, but also because of their resistance to the difficult weather conditions and the dangers of the jungle.


Παρασκευή, 14 Σεπτεμβρίου 2018

La communauté grecque de Tunisie (16ème-21ème siècle)

La communauté grecque de Tunisie (16ème-21ème siècle)



Six ans après la première édition, l'histoire de la communauté grecque de Tunisie est désormais en français.
L'étude, qui présente pour la première fois l'histoire de la communauté grecque de Tunisie, est basée exclusivement sur des documents d'archives, résultat de la recherche en Grèce et Tunisie. C’est la première fois que les archives communautaires et consulaires ont été consultées.
Le livre est disponible auprès de l'auteur Antonis A. Chaldeos via email (anchald1997@hotmail.com)



Δευτέρα, 6 Αυγούστου 2018

The Greeks of Port-Sudan in the 1900s



The Greeks of Port-Sudan in the 1900s

(Excerpt from the book ‘The Greek community in Sudan’)


In 1906, 1,572 Greeks resided in Port Sudan when the total population of the city was 7,636 people. Apart from those worked in the construction sector, there were lots of merchants who represented the big trading houses of Khartoum. One of these traders was George Lorenzatos, who ran a store and bar with his brother.


Δευτέρα, 9 Ιουλίου 2018

Kosti: The ‘Greek’ city of Sudan

Kosti: The ‘Greek’ city of Sudan


(Excerpt from the book ‘The Greek community in Sudan’)


In a short distance from Ed Dueim, there is a small city, Kosti which was named by the Greek Costas Mourikis (1867-1937), who arrived in Sudan in 1899 together with his brother Chris. Mourikis settled by the Nile coast and opened a grocery store. As many of the locals built their huts close to him a new village was created that was named Kosti. Within the following decades, Kosti attracted contractors, merchants, bakers and cotton engineers