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According to an Ellis Island ship manifest on December 28 1906 Anastas Risteff a thirty-five year old tailor from Tzaivli Macedonia and considering himself a Macedonian born in Macedonia arrived in New York on the SS Cassell which had left Bremen Germany on the 15th Upon arrival the intake clerk on Ellis Island corrected his entry on the ship register in bold dark ink crossing out his place of birth nationality and country of origin He was made into a Bulgarian born in TurkeyEllis Island Almost a century ago a immigrant tried to call himself a Macedonian from Macedonia but other people didnt want to allow this He was not alone Greece is preventing the same thing today Almost a century later in 2003 Marko Ivanoski an Orthodox seminarian took a trip by bus from Prilep Macedonia to visit the Holy Mountain Mount Athos Greece which used to be a part of Macedonia By the time he arrived on Athos Greeks asked him where he was from he learned to say that he was from Prilep south of Skopje He wanted to say Im a Macedonian from Macedonia and share with the Greek Russian and Bulgarian Orthodox on Mount Athos that he is Macedonian Orthodox but he encountered too many arguments Ivanoski Macedonians should be recognized as Macedonians even if some people think they arent Macedonians and want to control an idea of where Macedonia exists today The Macedonian people reside in four different nearby countries today one of which is the Republic of Macedonia One of many historic maps is located on the cover page of this paper showing the geographic area of Macedonia in 1885 Branconi shows what is historically considered to be Macedonia Today outside the Republic and Macedonian parts of Greece parts of historic Macedonia include villages in the eastern part of Albania the Pirin region of Bulgaria and villages in Serbia and Montenegro There are large Diaspora communities Australia
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