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This status ensured that the Church of Cyprus was in a position to end the constant encroachments of the Roman Catholic Church.As soon as the Greek War of Independence broke out in 1821, several Greek Cypriots left for Greece to join the Greek forces.Subsequent rule by Ptolemaic Egypt, the Classical and Eastern Roman Empire, Arab caliphates for a short period, the French Lusignan dynasty and the Venetians, was followed by over three centuries of Ottoman rule between 15 (de jure until 1914).Cyprus was placed under British administration based on the Cyprus Convention in 1878 and was formally annexed by Britain in 1914.Venice formally annexed the Kingdom of Cyprus in 1489, following the abdication of Catherine.
Ottoman forces capturing Cyprus massacred many Greek and Armenian Christian inhabitants.
It was during this period that the island was fully Hellenized.
In 58 BC Cyprus was acquired by the Roman Republic.
While Turkish Cypriots made up 18% of the population, the partition of Cyprus and creation of a Turkish state in the north became a policy of Turkish Cypriot leaders and Turkey in the 1950s.
Turkish leaders for a period advocated the annexation of Cyprus to Turkey as Cyprus was considered an "extension of Anatolia" by them; while, since the 19th century, A separate Turkish Cypriot state in the north was established by unilateral declaration in 1983; the move was widely condemned by the international community, with Turkey alone recognizing the new state.