SOCIETY
How black people came to Abkhazia
28 February, 2015
“Abkhazian Negroes” were completely driven out of Georgia by communists in the 1930’s. Nicknamed “black men” by locals, a small group of them used to live in the village of Adzyubzha.

Some of them were living in villages near Kodori as well. According to historians’ estimates, they were brought to Abkhazia in XVII by a local count Sharvashidze, who purchased them at a slave market in Istanbul to work the citrus plantations. Read the full article in Georgian Journal’s next
issue.

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