submitted by George Argyropoulos on 19.01.2010
This is my grand father: Panagiotis Theod. Leontsinis my mother's father from Keramoto Kythera. He went to USA sometime in the second half of 19th century sailing on a small kaiki from Alexandria Egypt together with some other compatriots, the number of which I do not know and it took them 6 months to reach America. All I know from my mother's words is that on the way they found themselves having no more drinking water and so they had to squeeze the kaik sails and drank. He went to St. Louis the "gate to the west" and from there he started working on laying the rail road tracks. He eventually reached San Francisco and became an American citizen in 1875. On his return to his home village Keramoto in Kythera he was immediately nicknamed "The American". His family thereafter were known as the Americanos family.
submitted by Peter Poulos on 20.01.2010
Great story about your Papous travels around the globe from our tiny island of Kythera & the way your family got their Parachoukli.
Well Done & Best Regards
Peter S (Tzortzo) Poulos
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