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|Andrei Davidovich Dadiani|
-a bit of background
The older two were daughters:
Of his two sons:
Edward Gibbon's is his massive book, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, describes old Mingrelia:
Both the soil and climate are relaxed by excessive moisture: twenty-eight rivers, besides the Phasis and his dependent streams, convey their waters to the sea; and the hollowness of the ground appears to indicate the subterraneous channels between the Euxine and the Caspian. In the fields where wheat or barley is sown, the earth is too soft to sustain the action of the plough; but the gom, a small grain, not unlike the millet or coriander seed, supplies the ordinary food of the people; and the use of bread is confined to the prince and his nobles. Yet the vintage is more plentiful than the harvest; and the bulk of the stems, as well as the quality of the wine, display the unassisted powers of nature. The same powers continually tend to overshadow the face of the country with thick forests; the timber of the hills, and the flax of the plains, contribute to the abundance of naval stores; the wild and tame animals, the horse, the ox, and the hog, are remarkably prolific, and the name of the pheasant is expressive of his native habitation on the banks of the Phasis.
Further along he adds something about the people who inhabited the land:
While maintaining rule for 800 years isn't easy and in the course of that time there had been many upheavals. The most irrevocable one occurred in 1803 when, seeking protection against Persia and the Ottoman Turks, Mingrelia allowed itself, through a pact between Tsar Alexander I and Prince Grigol Dadiani, to be annexed by Russia. The Dadiani remained in control. In 1857, Russia ended this provincial-type government and the rule of the Dadiani ended also.
The final Duke of Dukes of Mingrelia
Nikolaoz (Nikolai Davidovitch) Dadiani went by Niko.
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