National Geographic : 1915 Sep
THE MOREATES OF ADALIA, ASIA MINOR Photo by Ernest L. Harris A most interesting tribe of people living at Adalia are the Moreates. Their ancestors left Greece after the revolution, and, with the exception of their religion, they have become Turks in manners and customs. its existence. The wall around Adalia is similar in many respects to the one at Wisby, on the island of Gotland, in the Baltic Sea. Adalia is noted for its dancing der vishes. Greeks of this section have lived so exclusively among themselves for gen erations that they have retained many ancient habits of their race. This is also true of the Jews who reside here. The bazars and mosques are also extremely interesting, inasmuch as they have re tained their distinctly Turkish character since medieval times. In some places the streets are very narrow, and the balconies of many of the houses project outward one above the other to such an extent that two persons can almost join hands across the street from the upper stories. In this respect many of the streets of Adalia remind me of similar streets in Brunswick, Germany. Adalia also has a considerable silk in dustry, as the climate of this section is conducive to the growth of the mulberry tree. The cocoon sheds are erected out side the city limits and are interesting, for the reason that the laborers employed are made up of the different nationalities residing in this district. The islands of the Egean taken to gether constitute one of the most historic and interesting insular regions in the world. Besides the twenty principal ones, which have lent much to history, there are innumerable smaller ones. Eu boea, the largest of all, lies close to the seacoast of Greece; Thasos borders the Macedonian coast; Samothrace lies near the Gulf of Saros, while Imbros and Lemnos are prolongations of the Gal lipoli Peninsula. The northern Sporades include Sciathos, Scopeles, Haloneses, and Scyros, with its group of small islands. Chios, Samos, Nikria, Cos, and Calymnos lie along the west coast of Asia Minor. Andros, Tenos, Naxos, and Paros belong to the great group of the Cyclades, of which they are the largest. Many of the XEgean islands are actually prolongations of promontories jutting out from the mainland. Some of them are of volcanic formation. The larger islands have a number of fertile and well-watered valleys and plains, the prin cipal products of which are wheat, wine, oil, mastic, cotton, silk, raisins, honey, and wax. Coral and sponge fisheries are nu merous, and in most of the islands the ancient Greek type perseveres among the people.