Bouboulina, the Heroine naval captain during Greece’s War of Independence

Bouboulina

Laskarina Bouboulina was a Heroine of the Greek War of Independence, reaching the rank of Captain in the Hellenic Navy and elevated to Admiral after her death.

She was born inside of a prison in Constantinople when her mother was visiting her father, Stavrianos Pinotsis, who had been thrown in jail by the Turks following the failed Orlov Revolt of 1770.

Bouboulina is one of the most important figures of the Greek Revolution, having spent her entire fortune on weapons and ammunition, as well as transporting them and other important items in her own ships.

Her warship the “Agamemnon” was one of the largest ships in the whole Greek Fleet.

Bouboulina even assembled her own armed force made up of fighters from Spetses, once again using her own fortune to supply and feed them.

The people of Spetses revolted on 3 April and later joined forces with ships from other Greek islands.

Bouboulina sailed with eight ships to Nafplion and began a naval blockade.

Later she took part in the naval blockade and capture of Monemvasia and Pylos.

Her son Yiannis Yiannouzas died in May 1821, in battle at Argos against superior numbers of Ottoman troops.

She arrived at Tripolis in time to witness its fall on 11 September 1821 and to meet general Theodoros Kolokotronis, the pre-eminent Greek war lord in the Peloponnese.

Their children Eleni Boubouli and Panos Kolokotronis later married.

During the ensuing defeat of the Ottoman garrison in Tripolis, Bouboulina saved most of the female members of the sultan’s household.

She was killed on this day in 1825 over a feud on the island of Spetses.

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