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George Stravelakis: The Enslaved Greek who Became Ruler of Tunisia

George Stravelakis, sometimes called "Halkias," was an enslaved Greek man from the island of Chios who rose to become the Prime Minister of Tunisia in the 1860s. By Antonis Chaldeos Stravelakis was born in 1817 on the island of Chios. During the...

The First President of Argentina Was Greek

Few people know today that the first president of the unified Republic of Argentina was of Greek descent. Bartolome Mitre Martinez was born on June 26, 1821 in Buenos Aires to a Greek family whose last name was originally...

The Greeks of Bogota, Colombia

Bogota, the capital of Colombia and a sprawling mega-city of almost ten million inhabitants, is home to a grand total of approximately 150 Greeks. However, most have become successful entrepreneurs in the food industry, adding a Greek touch to the...

OXI Day in Uganda Marks Eternal Struggle for Freedom and Justice

The anniversary of OXI Day, the day in October 1940 when the Greek people refused to bow to the Italian request to conquer their nation, is always a cause of celebration throughout the world where Hellenism has set root. For...

What Caused the Untimely Death of Alexander the Great?

The untimely death of Alexander the Great on June 10, 323 B.C. in Babylon has long been a topic of hot debate by historians. The leading theories as to what killed the 33-year-old warrior—infection, alcoholism, or murder—still don't explain the...

A Town Called Salamina in the Mountains of Colombia

A town named Salamina, located deep in the mountains of Colombia, has surprising ties to Ancient Greece, taking its name from the sea battle of Salamina in 480 BC. The picturesque city of Salamina is located in the Caldas area...

The Greeks Who Introduced Souvlaki to China

Two friends from the Greek island of Chios Yannis Georgoulis and Danae Makris, left Greece several years ago with the unusual mission of opening a souvlaki restaurant in China. Although they faced numerous difficulties doing business in the Chinese capital,...

The Amazing Story of the Greek Community of San Andres, Peru

People living in the small town of San Andres, Peru, have Greeks to thank for the fact that they exist today. Because of a few Greek sailors and the local women they married, they have lived to tell the tale...

George Bizos: The Greek Lawyer Who Saved Nelson Mandela

George Bizos, the Greek-South African human rights lawyer, who died on September 9, 2020, fought apartheid and saved Nelson Mandela from a death sentence. Along with serving as Nelson Mandela’s lawyer, George Bizos was also one of the three writers...

Meet the Greeks of Medellin, Colombia

The small Greek community of Medellin, Colombia, comprised mainly of entrepreneurs and professionals, is booming. Colombia's second-largest city, called the "City of Eternal Spring" for its temperate weather, has changed a great deal since the 1980's and 1990's, when it...