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|Plate 19 from Die Bulgaren in ihren historischen, ethnographischen und politischen Grenzen by Ishirkoff & Zlatarski||Index no. 0048:0019|
The green-bordered text below is is the English version of the explanatory text, from the page facing the map. Another page on this site gives the full text in German, English, French, and Bulgarian.
Guillaume Lejean (1828-1871) was one of the most studious and pluckiest French explorers. Twice he travelled in European Turkey (1857-1858 and 1867-1869), the last time in the capacity of French Vice-consul. The purpose of his enterprise, undertaken by order of the French Government, was to prepare a map of European Turkey; Lejean's early death prevented the completion of this work; he succeeded, however, in publishing very important geographical and ethnological essays, of which a respectable place is due to his work "Ethnographie de la Turquie d'Europe par G. Lejean. Gotha, Justus Perthes 1861", published in the German and French languages.
The map reproduced here has been taken from this work. lt contains several mistakes, for instance: it shows too many Turks in East-Bulgaria and it mentions Servian settlements in the Ochrida-District, and Roumanian colonies in the Wratza-District that have never existed. On the other hand, Lejean frequently corrected certain mistakes made by his predecessors concerning the extent of the Bulgarian population in the districts of Nisch and in the Dobrudja.
According to Lejean nearly all Macedonia (with the exception of Salonica and a frontier-stretch in south-east Macedonia), the whole district of Nish, the coast-district of Dobrudja, and a part of Russian-Bessarabia are chiefly Bulgarian territories.
Keywords: Turkey in Europe – Lejean
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