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Having read Kemal’s “The Wind from the Plain”, I wanted more than ever to delve into the book’s Çukurova, the mythical “promised land”; the findings were astounding
History of Çukurova
Çukurova has always been one of the most fertile plains of Anatolia, so much so that the first finds date back to 6,000 BC. . Formerly known with the name of Cilicia Pedias, or Cilicia flat, it was able to attract the attention of every empire that stood before it, also providing a very precious cradle for Christianity; it is no coincidence that the ancient capital of the region is Tarsus, a place associated more than ever with
Although not originally from the area, the Armenians had started to inhabit these areas since the 1st century BC, also managing to create an autonomous domain thanks to the arrival of Tigranes the Great. The new kingdom, however, managed to block the Arabs but not the Turks who, arrived with the
With the Kütahya Convention, these lands remained under Egyptian control and Ibrahim Paşa was able to put into practice the new discoveries made in agriculture. From that moment, in fact, the industrial production of
However, cotton is not the only good that is produced in Çukurova, on the contrary, this plain is considered among the most fertile in the world, so much so that it can produce 3 crops a year and varying on many plants and vegetables. It alone produces half of all Turkish
Not only green
The extraordinary nature of the place lies in being able to diversify its production more than ever and in fact agriculture is not the only wealth of Çukurova. In fact, it is the second region for
Furthermore, as if that were not enough, Çukurova enjoys some of the most precious and interesting quarries in Anatolia, including some of: zinc, lead, limestone and pumice; the latter, in particular, alone accounts for 14% of all Turkish production.
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