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Mykonos History

Updated: Nov 20, 2019

In the ancient years, Delos, the island close to Mykonos with the awesome archaeological sites, was more inhabited than Mykonos. Mykonos was a poor island, used as a transit place for trade, with two villages with Ionian population (11th century BC).

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Romans and Byzantines ruled Mykonos until the 12th century, and then it came into the hands of Venetians and then the rule of the Ottomans until 1821. In the Greek revolution, Mykonos fought under the command of Manto Mavrogenous, an aristocrat of the island who sacrificed her whole fortune to save it. After the victory against the Ottomans, the economy of Mykonos started to flourish until the 1st World War. After the war, the findings of the excavations in Delos activated tourist rows to the island. In the 30s, Mykonos was already a jet-setters’ island. This was again stopped by the 2nd World War and was reactivated in the 50s and the 60s.


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