and the Taman Peninsula
The Crimean Peninsula is not a large region, being almost exactly the size of the American State of Maryland, or a little smaller than Belgium. Within it's compact territory, however, have dwelt a bewildering variety of peoples over the course of a very long time. A widely divergent collection of climates and a variety of natural barriers have not encouraged unity, and in fact the Crimea has been in several hands at once until comparatively recently. This small page is a preliminary exercise in detailing some of the nations and peoples who have occupied this place over the course of it's history. Included are polities in the Taman Peninsula, the stretch of land on the other side of the Kerch Straits; this region has much in common culturally and politically with the Crimea.
Aside from a general survey of the Peninsula, this also contains Anapa, the (Cimmerian) Bosporus Kingdom, Capa, Cembalo, Cherson (Sevastopol), Doros, Feodoro, Gazaria (Genoese possessions), the Girai Khanate of Krym, the Keremi Huns, Matrega, Sudak, Tmutarakan, and Vosporo.