Armenian history of Erzurum. Part 1

Part 1 from the book «ERZURUM (GARIN): ITS ARMENIAN HISTORY AND TRADITIONS» by Hratch A. Tarbassian. Translated from the Armenian by Nigol Schahgaldian. Published by The Garin Compatriotic Union of the United States, 1975. Pages 13-21 PART ONE CHAPTER IUPPER ARMENIA OR THE PROVINCE OF GARIN (ERZURUM) From earliest historical times, the Armenian plateau has been a land bridge connecting Europe with Asia and Africa, and as such, it has served as a battleground for the cultural, political, and military forces of the three continents.