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Sadzen was an ill-defined region on the eastern shore of the Black Sea, which used to be settled by the Sadz people, hence the name. In the mid-19th century, it came to be known in Russian and Western literature as Lesser Abkhazia.
Lesser Abkhazia was the term used to refer to those lands of Abkhazia that were not subject to the direct control of the ruling Chachba dynasty. After the Russian-Circassian War, the bulk of the mountaineers relocated to the Ottoman Empire, while the depopulated coastline was gradually colonized by Christian settlers of various ethnicities.
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