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Originally Posted by Amphipolis View Post
I'm not sure it does explain that. Take a look at these two links (in Greek):

This is also interesting as it reviews many funny theories that have appeared about the origin of Tsakonians and provides some practical examples comparing Tsakonian dialect and Albanian language.
Thanks for the links. I took a look, but could you please provide a quick summary?

Anyway, for the source I provided - I am fairly certain that is the accurate translation of the passage provided (you can check yourself if you want to, using google translate). Here are the brief translations of the first couple of paragraphs of that page (LXXII), and additional pages. [As for Tzaconian, there is no doubt it is a form of Greek, however, this does not tell us much about the ethnic origin of the Tzaconians themselves. It is likely they went from a stage of speaking more than one language, to becoming monolinguals at some point.]

As per K. Sathas -

PAGE 'Preface LXXII':

"The Mardaites inhabit Nicopolis (that is, Epirus), the island of Kephalonia, Crete and Tenos. The Tzaconians are also found in Epirus, Thessaly, Crete as well as Peloponnesus. In the chrysobull of M. Gabrielopoulos, the prince of Thessaly (1295 AD), the military garrison is named "tsakoniki". By this word are designated Albanian bands, as the chrysobull itself seems to explain. The Mardaite corps are confined in Asia Minor too; in the same province are also installed corps of Tzaconians.

Chalcocondyle and archbishop Meletius claim that the Tzaconians are from Mount Pindus. At the time of emperor Cantacuzene, this mountain belonged to the Albanians. The Venetian documents mention Albanians in Tzaconia."

PAGE 'Preface LXXIV' (towards the very end of the page):

"The ancient Tzaconians belong to Albanian sailors of Kranidi, Hydra, and Petza."

PAGE 'Preface LXVIII':

"The Mardaites inhabited the territory of Monemvasia, or modern Tzaconia.
Like 'Mardaite', the word 'Tzacon' does not mean a people, but a category of soldiers."

As you can see, above is not my opinion. It is simply the writing of K. Sathas, a modern Greek historian.

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