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Old 02-10-2018, 09:28 PM   #2
Liberator of Makedonija
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Reading about Janko Popović, one of the most prominent leaders of the First Serbian Uprising and a celebrated figure in modern Serbian history. The man was actually born in Ohrid in 1779, though his father originated from the village of Donja Belica near Struga. Janko is well-known under his nickname 'Cincar'. English wikipedia claims he was given this nickname due to there being many Vlachs in his area (Ohrid or Donja Belica?) and that because he also 'spoke with an accent'. Could the real reason be however that the man just simply was a Vlach? I personally find it unlikely that a man born in Ohrid in the late 18th century would have a name like Popović . My guess is that he was christened with that name at a later date, likely after the establishment of the Serbian state in 1815 in which he was possibly given a more Serb-sounding name for the history books.
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