National Geographic : 1915 Apr
00 BULGARIAN PEASANTS Photo byHester Donaldson Jenkins Bulgarians have in the past suffered more severely at the hands of the Turks than any other Balkan people. Located inthe central part of the Balkan peninsula, cut off from all communication with other Christian nations, their rights ignored, their labor wrung from them bytheir Ottoman masters, the children of Bulgaria have become inured to every form of hardship. Thrifty, and persistent intheir nationality through all their suffering, the Bulgarians yet bear in their natures the ineradicable scars of generations of misrule. The peasant classes are heavy, taciturn, and suspicious. On the other hand, they cannot be discouraged; they endure patiently, and their perseverance isdogged and not tobedenied.