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The term diaspora means "dispersion" and is of Greek origin. It has, for a long time, been used to describe the forced dispersal of the Jews in ancient history.
By extension, it has come to refer to any ethnic community that has dispersed throughout the world.
However, talk of a Armenian diaspora seems especially warranted because of the similar traits between the Armenians and the Jews.
As Armenia has about three million people, the diaspora would be twice as large, with a strong presence in Russia, the United States, Georgia, France, Iran and Lebanon.
A history of migrations and deportations:
The Armenians are industrious people and are generally involved in occupations such as farming. The Armenians are like the Jews and the Greeks, "a trading nation" (Braudel).
They are renowned for their robustness and were also were often recruited, sometimes forcibly, as soldiers by various rulers who dominated the Middle East. Since ancient times, there have been colonies of merchants, soldiers or slaves from Armenia, Mesopotamia, Syria and Asia Minor.
From the fourteenth to the sixteenth century, the Mongol invasions spilled into Ottoman Armenia and caused migration to Ukraine, Moldova, Poland and Italy. In the early seventeenth century, Shah Abbas I of Persia deported Armenians to Isfahan Djulfa.
There, they founded the Society of Armenian merchants of Djulfa that extended to a network of outlets in the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean and into the North Sea.
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