Malkara is located in the Thrace Department of the Marmara Region. The Thracians are the people who gave their name to the Thracian Division. The sources do not talk much about the Thracian. The Thracians are referred to in the fifth century AD by the name of Odrys in the time of the Kings Adela. The Thracians, the Greeks and the Romans were mercenaries. Spartacus, who made the world's first revolt in Rome (90th milestone), is a Thracian of Kırklareli. Excavations by British researcher James MELLART in Bulgaria (Haskova) in 1980s, works excavated in 1988 in the village of Naip in Tekirdağ, proved to have a rich culture.

The establishment of Malkara ; it is said that during the wars against the Greek cities (Pers  wars) during the time of the Persian king Kserkes (Kayhusrev), there was a castle called ‘Gürgen Bayırı’, which is very close to Malkara. When there were many snakes around this castle, it was called Margar or Margaar by Persians. In Persian, the ‘mar’ snake, the’ gar’ or the ‘gaar’, also means the cave. That is why it means Malkara word, snake cave or snake castle.

After Malkara's definitive participation in the Ottoman Empire, According to the settlement policy of the Ottoman Empire, Yörük(Nomadic people) were brought from Anatolia. They were placed in and around Malkara. Some Ahi groups brought from Ankara and Çankırı circles were also placed in Malkara. The name of Ahievren Village comes from ‘Ahi groups’. ‘Ahi’ or ‘Ahilik’ meaning is ; Traders, craftsmen, farmers, etc., whose roots are based on old Turkish traditions and which show a high development in Anatolia. Business sector that covers all the branches of work. 1. Since Murat has a great love for Ahilik(he is an “Ahi” himself), ” Ahilik” is quite common among the “Yörüks” ( nomads) brought to Malkara. It is known that the majority of the Yörüks placed in Malkara and its vicinity are the nomads of the Saruhan Principality in the 1st Mehmet (Çelebi) period (1402-1421). These were brought from Konya, Aydın and Muğla in the vicinity. He was the head of the famous Paşayiğit of the Yörüks (nomads).Keşan’s Paşayiğit village’s name took  from Paşayiğit.

After the capture of Istanbul by the Turks, Malkara gained importance in the expeditions to the Balkans. During the Fatih period, Malkara will become the center of the Akıncılar, which is later called the Evlad-ı Fatihan. As the Edirne-Belgrade became important during the ascension period, the Malkara lost its former significance. But at this time, famous statesmen and their commanders continue to be important as places of exile.

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