Elafonisi -tragic Events Of 1824
Posted 03 March 2006 - 02:43 AM
This tragic event happened in April 1824, three years after the commencement of the 1821 rebellion against the Turks in Crete. Turkish troops reinforced a few months earlier by Egyptian troops and under the leadership of the Egyptian Hussein Pasha attacked and destroyed Apokoronas, descended upon Sfakia, destroying and killing everything in their way and then moved over to the Selino district. Refugees had been streaming south trying to escape in Greek, Sfakian and foreign boats that were evacuating all they could. According to the Cretan historian Detorakis, 60,000 refugees were evacuated from the island in the first few months of 1824.
600 mainly older men, women and children had taken refuge on the island of Elafonisi, protected by 40 armed men, waiting for any passing boats to evacuate them to Greece and near by islands. The Turkish fleet had arrived in the area by then and the one Greek boat that was in the area could not approach the island. The Turkish troops when they arrived, they rode on their horses over the low water separating Elaphonisi from the main island and attacked. Most of the refugees were massacred on the spot, many drowned as they tried to swim away but there was nowhere to go to, the one friendly boat that could take them to safety was kept away by the Turkish fleet. There were only 4 survivors that had hidden in a hole and manager to escape later in a Greek boat.
The events above are described vividly by the Cretan historian Vasilios Psylakis in his 1909 History Of Crete, volume 3, page 417 (From the rewritten in modern Greek and reprinted version of 1970).
Posted 03 March 2006 - 09:50 AM
Posted 03 March 2006 - 02:09 PM
ExploreCrete is the travel guide about real Crete, as I like to say, but its subjects include a lot more than travel information. ExploreCrete started as a personal page with hiking routes on Crete and gradually it has expanded to include a big variety of subjects. I believe its audience is mainly the independent traveler to Crete and every person who has a special bond with Crete and needs an in-depth look to it.
Posted 03 March 2006 - 08:18 PM
ExploreCrete is not an "average tourist site".... it is the lifeline to Crete for everybody who love this island!
Posted 03 March 2006 - 09:12 PM
Posted 04 March 2006 - 02:02 AM
Thank you for the description of what happened at Elafonisi. It gives a whole new dimension to how I, personally, feel about such a beautiful place.
Posted 04 March 2006 - 10:32 AM
I remind you that Yorgos Dalidakis is also the author of the excellent articles about the Union of Crete with Greece: http://www.explorecr...reece-union.htm
Posted 05 March 2006 - 11:16 PM
That Explorecrete has people who will make such interesting postings about the history and other aspects of 'nontourist' Crete is what makes it stand out as a resource for people seeking the broadest range of information.
Thank you Yorgos ands Yannis - keep it coming.