Santorini was for centuries long a thriving agricultural society. Its wines have been exported as far as Romanov Russia. Fava beans were sold all around the Eastern Mediterranean. Its sweet cherry tomatoes are a rare gem. In the beginning of the 20th century, there were 9 factories producing tomato paste. A devastating earthquake in 1956, resulted in an immense human loss and a subsequent migration. Santorini’s population dropped from 17.000 to 6.000! The following decades the island was fell into obscurity until it was “rediscovered” by young architecture students, leading gradually to a blooming tourist economy. The following urbanization of the island resulted to further marginalization of the farming production.
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