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Bozcaada (Gk. Tenedos), the former Leycophrys, is a 39 square-kilometre Turkish island in the northeast Aegean Sea, just off the west coast of Turkey, about 19 kilometres (12 miles) south of the strait of Çanakkale. It is referred to as “the key to the Dardanelles” because of its strategic location. According to the legend of the Trojan War, Tenedos was the spot where the Greeks hid their fleet after leaving the wooden horse in front of the gates of Troy and before sacking the city.

During the fourteenth century, Genoa and Venice competed for control of Tenedos. In 1352, the Byz…

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Savvides, Alexios G.C.; Kouvaros, Michail. "Bozcaada." Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE. Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Brill Online, 2016. Reference. 26 May 2016 <>

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