Eyalet of the Archipelago
|Eyālet-i Jezāyir-i Baḥr-i Sefīd|
|Eyalet of Ottoman Empire|
|-||c. 1860||25,458 km2 (9,829 sq mi)|
|Density||27.5 /km2 (71.2 /sq mi)|
|Today part of|| Turkey
The province was formed in 1535 as a beylerbeylik. Its capital was Gallipoli, the principal naval base of the Ottoman fleet. It originally comprised the Gallipoli peninsula and many of the islands of the Aegean Archipelago. Rhodes and Cyprus were included after their annexation by the Ottomans.
After 1864, it was reformed into the smaller Vilayet of the Archipelago.
The eyalet's most common English names are the Province of the Islands or of the Archipelago. Because it was commanded by the Kapudan Pasha, the head of the Ottoman navy, it was also known as the Province of the Kapudan Pasha (Ottoman Turkish: Kapudanlık-ı Derya, "Captaincy of the Sea"; Turkish: Kaptanpaşa Eyaleti).
Other names include the Province of Djezayrs or Dschesair, the Province of the Islands of the Archipelago, the Province of the Islands of the White Sea, and the Eyalet of the Mediterranean Islands.
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