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Kavala from the 16th to the 19th century
Kavala in the 19th century
Kavala in the early 20th century
Kavala after the liberation

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Early 20th cent. black-and-white photograph showing a scene of tobacco being processed by tobacco farmers in Kavala, 1850-1913.

The celebration of Epiphany
at Kavala
Black-and-white photograph showing the celebration of Epiphany at Kavala in 1928, Athens, 'Estia Neas Smyrnis' archive.

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The celebration of Epiphany
at Kavala


Kavala was liberated and incorporated into the Greek state on 6 June 1913, after seven months of Bulgarian occupation.

The city spread out impressively along the waterfront, where most of the tobacco warehouses were located. Within one century its population had grown tenfold and its economic prosperity was more than evident.

The change in the flow of trade at the end of the 19th century and the isolation of the port of Kavala from the railroad network had not affected the export traffic. The town's modernization and wealth, which soon easily absorbed some 25,000 refugees from Thrace and Asia Minor, was disrupted only by the destruction dealt by the Bulgarian occupations during the First and Second World Wars.

See Also
History - Economy and Society (1914-1923)
The economy in the inter-war period
Economy (1949-1960)
The Second Balkan War (1913)
In Focus - Railways in Modern Macedonia

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