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Ionian Islands

Ionian Islands, group of islands off the southwest mainland of Greece, chief of which are Cephalonia, Cerigo, Corfu, Ithaca, Leukas, Paxos, and Zante. A Byzantine province in the 10th century, the islands passed through periods of Venetian, French, Russian, and British control before becoming part of Greece in 1864. Exports include wine, cotton, olives, and fish.

See also: Mediterranean Sea.

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