Central Hungary became a province of the Ottoman Empire
by pashas living in Buda. The Turks' only interest was to
their hold on the territory. The Sublime Porte (a term
designate the Ottoman rulers) became the sole landowner
managed about 20 percent of the land for its own benefit,
apportioning the rest among soldiers and civil servants.
landlords were interested mainly in squeezing as much
the land as quickly as possible. Wars, slave-taking, and
emigration of nobles who lost their land depopulated much
countryside. However, the Turks practiced religious
allowed the Hungarians living within the empire
autonomy in internal affairs. Towns maintained some selfgovernment , and a prosperous middle class developed
artisanry and trade.
Data as of September 1989