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There have been few archaeological findings to shed light on who the
first inhabitants of the island of Kalymnos were. At about the 2nd Millenium BC
Kalymnos was conquered and colonized by the Phoenicians.
Evidence of the island’s prosperity during those prehistoric
times are the ruins at Emporio
and Vathi on the East side
of the island.
Later we find Kalymnos under the yoke of different conquerors: the
Persians, the Venetians, the Genoese, the Knights of the Order of Saint John,
the Turks, and the Italians from 1912 until nearly the end of the 2nd World War.
Kalymnos was finally liberated on March 31, 1947 and was incorporated along with
the rest of the Dodecanese Islands
into the Greek Nation in 1948.
This text (extract) is cited November 2003 from the Municipality
of Kalymnos tourist pamphlet.
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