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Gagaúzia, formally known as the Autonomous Territorial Unit of Gagauzia , is an autonomous region of Moldova. Its name comes from the Gagauz people. Gagaúz Yerí literally means "place of the Gagauz".HistoryAccording to some theories, the Gagauz people descend from the Seljuq Turks who settled in Dobruja following the Anatolian Seljuq Sultan Izzeddin Keykavus II (1236–1276). They may be descended from Pechenegs, Uz (Oghuz) and Cuman. Nogai tribes who inhabited several villages in south Bessarabia (or Budjak) were forced to leave. Between 1812 and 1846, the Russians relocated the Gagauz people from what is today eastern Bulgaria (which was then under the Ottoman Empire) to the orthodox Bessarabia, mainly in the settlements vacated by the Nogai tribes. They settled there together with Bessarabian Bulgarians in Avdarma, Comrat, Congaz, Tomai, Cișmichioi, and other former Nogai villages. Some Gagauz were also settled in the part of the Principality of Moldavia that did not come under Russian control in 1812. But, within several years, villagers moved to live with their own people in the compact area descendants inhabit in the 21st century in the south of Bessarabia.Gagauzia is in Moldova. Make your own Gagauzia vacation itinerary, with a little help from those that know the place like the back of their hands, by using our Moldova trip itinerary site.
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