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Corsica in the Mediterranean

A Corsica in u Mediterraniu

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Corsica is part of the biggest island of the Mediterranean. However, like its big sisters, like Sicilia, Sardenia or Cipra, it is less inhabited, maybe because of its geographic features, with many mountains.

For an island, it is not really penalized by the distance from there to the “land” . It is located in the golf of Genova and the Italian coast is only a hundred kilometers away. In another hand, the island benefits from a position central enough in the « Mare nostrum », which explains the different cultural and linguistic influence during its History, marked by the number of invasions and each latitude.

The history of the last millennium is mainly made of three times: the Pisa time, the Genova’s, and finally the French’s. However, from the ancient time to the middle ages, the island knew the Greeks, the romans, or the Saracens, for instance. Of course, not all these passages are without leaving a cultural and architectural image that puts Corsica in the center of the Mediterranean.

Culturally speaking, it’s considered as the occidental Mediterranean. The Corsican language, for instance, is part of the italo-roman area. The language, which is the central element of the island identity, is part of the Romance emergence which sets in the north coast of Mediterranean all of the latine languages (more or less important) that we know nowadays. Meanwhile, Corsican will be made with different influences, mainly from Tuscan, and then since two centuries, French.

Beyond those particularities, the Mediterranean Corsica is found in many other criterias. Genetic, valuable and other characteristics, kitchen, clothes, common use and religion. Nowadays, despite a global occidentalisation and global evolution, the new immigration comes in the island from the south Mediterranean because Corsica used to welcome an important Maghrebin and Portuguese communities.