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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
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dominions, even to the Golden Horn of Constantinople, would have welcomed our troops and fleets with enthusiasm. Turkey is a suspicious Power, and the British government may have had to contend with difficulties that are unknown to the criticising public ; it may have been impossible to have obtained her sanction for the occupation under other conditions. The possibility of future complications that might terminate in a close alliance between the conquered and the victor, may have suggested the necessity for securing this most important strategical position without delay, upon first conditions that might subsequently receive modifications. At first sight the political situation appeared vague, but I determined to examine the physical geography of Cyprus, and to form my own opinion of its capabilities.

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