Kemeraltı in Republic Times – Regression Period
Izmir has a specific importance in republic period, it is the one which started the Salvation War. Also politically it’s the city of the firsts. In the War of Independence it took all the attention. Before the foundation of the Republic, it was the place where the first bullet was thrown. During history it was memorised as the city of Levanthens, and the city where the non- Muslims prefered to live the most. In commerce, it’s the harbour city of Anatolia which looks to the west. It gained the attention of the countries of the world because its owns the first international fair in Turkey. Izmir is speacial. Izmir is the city of tolerance, it is purified prejudice.
After the Industrial Revolution
In the face of the Industrial Revolution which was done in the 19th Century in Europe, Ottoman Industry wasn’t able to stand still. After all, Ottoman Industry, mostly, was consist of foreign foundations. Thus Ottoman commerce was in the hands of foreigners. Big Great Fire Of Izmir which had happened in the year 1922, one year before establisment of the Rebuplic, caused economy to recess even worse and burned most of the commercial shops in Kemeraltı. After the fire, abandonment of Rum and Armenian folk, caused a loss of fond-stock and workforce.