History of Tokat

Tokat is the site of the important ancient Roman city of Comana of Pontus, which was destroyed in 47 BCE by the Romans. In 1071 CE, it became a part of the Danismend Turkmen principality, and one of its principal cities. The region prospered from the trade between Anatolia and Persia.

In the 13th century, it came under the Seljuks and in1392 became part of the Ottoman Empire by popular request of the inhabitants who were suffering because of the Mongols. Under the Ottomans, Tokat enjoyed security and prosperity, but due to loss of the Persian trade route, suffered a decline in its fortunes.