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Kavala (Greek Καβάλα / Kavála), sometimes spelled Kavala, a city of Greece, ancient Neapolis (Greek Νεάπολις, the "new town"), Christoúpolis (Greek Χριστούπολις, "City of Christ"), Chief town of Nome.

The town changed its name again in the late fifteenth century to that of Kavala (Cavalla in French sources), and receives its first residents in 1526. The name was chosen, according to the passenger Leon Heuzey, the important function of relays of post horses had the city. A new enclosure was built in 1530, and an aqueduct (Καμάρες / Kamáres) imposing is built on the site of ancient fortifications.
The Commercial Port grew rapidly in the eighteenth century: it serves as a warehouse for the merchants of Smyrna, Egypt and Thasos. Birthplace of the Viceroy of Egypt, Mehemet Ali, to whom the Sultan has also granted to an individual the nearby island of Thassos, Kavala enjoy this illustrious patronage.
The town was captured by the Bulgarians in 1912 during the First Balkan War, without resistance from the Turks. During the Second Balkan War, June 26, 1913, a Greek fleet led by the cruiser Georgios Averoff seized the city.
In 1922, after the "Great Disaster" micrasiatique, nearly 25 000 refugees settle in Kavala Greece.

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