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Migration And Family Networks: Enterprising A Port-City

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The 1870s marked a turning point for the making of the region, the central stage of which was the port-town Mersin. Tarsus had been important in the early development of Çukurova. Many European travelers observed the beginnings of the making of Mersin in the 1850s. Among the first buildings on the shore were the summer residences of consuls with their offices in Tarsus as well as residences of Greek and European merchants. From the beginning, the human network was run by a variety - if not hierarchy - of merchants positioned at different points between the hinterland and Mersin. The efficient management of the Mersin and Adana branches, and the Ceyhan branch after 1911, made the bank the most reliable channel for all commercial payments.

Keywords: Çukurova; European; Greek; human network; Mersin; port city; Tarsus



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