Dividing Crete

Austro-Hungarian Map of Crete, 1897

Austro-Hungarian Map of Crete, 1897

The first map, from 1897, shows which nations had responsibility for controlling which areas during the early stages of the European naval blockade of Crete.  Germany didn’t take a major part in the blockade since she had only one small warship on station and both Austro-Hungary and Germany withdrew form the Concert of Europe and the Cretan Intervention in March/April 1898.

Chermside map

Map of the island showing the division of the island between the four Powers.

The second map shows the division of the island between the remaining four Powers in April 1898.

From left to right the areas of responsibility are: Selinos: Italian, Rethymnon: Russian, Candia (Iraklion) British and Lassithi; French. The then capital of Crete, Canea, and Suda Bay were  under joint multi-national control.

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