The approximately 300 inhabitants in the early 1900s were divided among the 4 villages of the island. Stavros (formerly Stavros) has always been the capital of the island ever since. Messaria (Haravgi, as they used to say it before), Mersini and Kalotaritissa completed the company.
The mines that operated in Kedros until the west of the '30s would provide iron, aluminum, copper as well as jobs to many families.
Wars also passed through this land (who can escape?), with bombings, famine, Italian occupation, German occupation, English allies...
The cultivation of onion and tobacco helped significantly the inhabitants of the island until the 50s.
The 60s came with poverty, wilderness, migration... Working hands would become fewer and fewer, and fields would be abandoned and deserted. Another twenty difficult years would follow....
Shortly before the electricity came, around 1980, the first visitors had begun to make their presence on the island. Then the port was built and life changed in Donoussa once and for all.
Going uphill after the beach of Kedros, a small settlement emerges with few houses, but with a rich history. It may now be uninhabited, but once these 9-10 houses housed more than 60 people. The rich crops, the windmills and the blacksmith shop made Messaria a valuable center for the distribution of raw materials for households. A visit will reward you with a deep sense of serenity and fantastic moments facing the Aegean Sea.