Political unrest erupted in the streets of Alexandria in 1882. The rioters attacked Greek, Maltese and Italian companies and street battles broke out. About fifty Europeans and 250 Egyptians were killed. The exact cause of the uprising is uncertain. Both Khedive and ‘Urabi have been blamed for starting it, but there is no evidence to support either claim.
In 1889 Christoforos Gerontoudis (son of Marinos Gerontoudis) who lived in Kondias, decided to visit his two sons in Asmara. First stop is Egypt. From there he had to cross the Sudanese border with Ethiopia. Unfortunately for him, that day he met the “Dervishes”, who were fighting against the soldiers and was killed before he reached Asmara at the age of 59.
In 1891 Nikitas Gerontoudis brought craftsmen from Lemnos (the master builder was Charalambos Achilias) and built the first stone house in Asmara. He then built a Church and a Greek school in Asmara and was president and then honorary president of the Greek Community for 30 years. The Italian Governor of the region proclaimed him “Founder of Asmara”.
Nikitas managed after several years (in 1897) to go on vacation to Lemnos, where he met Chrysanthi, the daughter of the shipowner Constantinos Makras and after marrying her, they left together for Asmara.
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Gerondoudis Family - 7 Generations
|Place of residence
|Olive Oil Press
|MARINOS A. GERONDOUDIS
|Agriculture-planted many poplars
|CHRISTOFOROS M. GERONDOUDIS
|NIKITAS C. GERONDOUDIS
|Businessman-mainly tobacco products
|Georgios-Christoforos-Leonidas-Elisabet and Nikolaos
|LEONIDAS N. GERONDOUDIS
|CHRISTOFOROS L. GERONDOUDIS
|Merchant Marine Captain-Businessman
|LEONIDAS C. GERONDOUDIS