Who Was the Catholic Population of 17th-18th Century Georgia?

Eldar Mamistvalishvili

Abstract


It can be argued that up to the end of the 18th century, the Catholic population of Georgia, specifically of the Principality of Samtskhe (Samtskhe-Saatabago, occupied by the Ottomans), were predominantly non-Georgian. As suggested by Russian sources of the early 19th century, they must have been Catholic Armenians having migrated to Georgia from various regions of the Ottoman Empire at different times.


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Catholic Population

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