The British Consul to Aleppo, Alexander Drummond, included in his book “Travels Through Different Cities of Germany, Italy, Greece and Several Parts of Asia as far as the Banks of the Euprhrates”, a long description of Cyprus which he visited twice:

Cyprus is ruled by a mussalem, or governor, who is also a muhasil, or collector of the Grand Signor’s revenues, and resides at Nicosia, which is the capital of the island, and stands in a pretty centrical situation. This city, where all the ultimate courts of judicature are held, together with five sea-port towns, where the trade is carried on, constitutes, in effect, all the considerable places in Cyprus. These are Larnaca, called, by way of eminence, Cyprus with its port of Salines, Famagosta, Chirinia and Baffo; the other towns, though, perhaps they give names to different districts, are of no note of consequence; indeed there is more business transacted at Larnaca, where I reside, than in all the others I have mentioned.