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The United States Mediterranean squadron and the Greek War of Independence: The operation on Mykonos and the role of the pirate Mermelechas

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The United States Mediterranean squadron and the Greek War of Independence: The operation on Mykonos and the role of the pirate Mermelechas

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14 December 2021

Abstract

In response to the boom of piracy during the Greek War of Independence, Western powers, including the USA, sent naval squadrons to the Aegean to protect their commercial interests. Only limited attention has hitherto been given to these squadrons, even though their operations raise many interesting issues. This talk focuses on the operations of the US Mediterranean Squadron, which represent “the first extensive experience of Greece by a large number of Americans”. It examines aspects of the political deliberations and tactical operations of the squadron, and the cultural interaction of its personnel with the revolutionary Greeks. Emphasis is placed on a violent operation on Mykonos in 1827, which targeted the pirate Mermelechas, a semi-legendary local hero, who intrigued the Americans to a surprising extent. This interest can be explained in the light of the “Greek fervour” and the passion for pirate stories which swept the USA at the time. More broadly, the paper exposes the role of the US Mediterranean Squadron in carrying textual and visual documentation of the revolutionary Greeks across the Atlantic.

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https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/events/details/Operation-Mykonos-Role-of-the-Pirate-Mermelechas-gr
https://vimeo.com/656984198

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01:07:00

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