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Lands of Lost Borders

A Journey on the Silk Road

by Kate Harris

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Georgia: Crossroads of History

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Map of Georgia highlighting major cities and townsIn Lands of Lost Borders, author Kate Harris and her friend Melissa Yule bicycle through eastern and central Asia, stopping in the Eurasian nation of Georgia. Bordered by Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia, Georgia was a member of the Soviet Union until the latter's dissolution in 1991, at which time it regained its independence. The country has a population of 5 million and covers approximately 69,700 sq km (slightly larger than West Virginia). 20% of Georgia's territory—South Ossetia and Abkhazia—is still disputed and occupied by Russian military forces.

This is wild and rugged territory featuring natural biodiversity and a fascinating history. With major ports on the Black Sea, Georgia has been a hub of trade and commerce for centuries. Famous as the birthplace of both Queen Tamar and Joseph Stalin, the country has a complex political history as well.

Legendary Queen Tamar (1160-1213), daughter of Georgia's King George III, ruled for 28 years and fortified the...

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