Dance of Tartars (Carlo Bossoli, 1856)
The Crimeans frequently mounted slave raids into Ukraine, Poland and Russia. For a long time the khanate maintained a massive slave trade with the Ottoman Empire and the Middle East, exporting about 2 million slaves over the period 1500–1700.
The palace in the capital Bakhchisaray (Carlo Bossoli, 1840-1842)
The khanate fought many battles against the Russians over dominance in the region. A successful campaign even culminated in the burning of Moscow in 1571. But at the end of the 18th century the khanate was conquered and annexed by the Russian Empire. Since then many Crimean Tatars have been forcefully exiled, about 300.000 Crimean Tatars live in Crimea today.
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