“Handbook for travellers in Greece:describing the Ionian islands,the kingdom of Greece,the islands of the Aegean Sea with Albania,Thessaly and Macedonia” – 1854
<Handbook for travellers in Greece:describing the Ionian islands,the kingdom of Greece,the islands of the Aegean Sea with Albania,Thessaly and Macedonia>,published in London,1854,by John Murray.
Murray’s first trip to Macedonia started from Larisa,he came across the valey of Tempe,arrived in Thessaloniki and continued to Mt Athos in Halkidiki. In the relevant pages which i quote(413,414,415,416,418)
According to John Murray,the inhabitants of Monastir were Turks(only officials), Bulgarian, Greeks, Jews and a few Albanians.
<the peasantry in the northern districts of Macedonia are chiefly of Bulgarian race and language,though they belong to the Greek church>.
Notice that we are talking about 1854. This means 16 years before the establishment of the Bulgarian Exarchate in 1870. Thus, if there were any ‘ethnic Macedonians’they couldn’t be exarchists and confused with the Bulgarians.
Conclusion: There are no “Ethnic Macedonians” but only Bulgarians.
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