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History

In antiquity Amorgos was one of the first places from which the Ionians passed onto the Greek mainland.

An important number of artifacts (stone tools, tombs, statues, coins, building remains) clearly indicates that the island was inhabited since before 3200 BC (early Cycladic civilization) and that three ancient cities with autonomous constitution and their own currency existed: Aegiali in the north, Minoa at the centre of the island and Arkesini in the south, all three built in the west coast where the morphology and natural bays favored the growth of coastal settlements and forts.
Amorgos was named after a sea plant called Amourgion which gave a purple dye with which the famous Amorgian tunics were given their color. The trade of these unique vestments began in ancient times and continued until the beginning of the 20th century. Historically, Amorgos –hometown of the famous ancient poet Semonides¬– is also known as Yperia, Patagi, Pangali, Psichia and Karkisia.