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The activities and role of the navy in the 1821 Revolution



The activities and role of the navy in the 1821 Revolution


31 March 2021


"The 1821 Revolution, a key event with a catalytic significance, is a major historical innovation, as it led to the formation of the Greek state as the outcome of the choice for freedom and as an act on the basis of the legal order of the nations. Recalling the memory of the revolution is necessary so that the events are evaluated on the basis of historical sources. The struggle for independence was an extremely difficult affair in its conduct and outcome.

Priority was given in the beginning to spread the revolution. Due to the extensive coastline, islands and geopolitical position of Greek territory, the contribution of the navy and sailors was essential. This was followed by the blockade of castles held by the Turks but also the supply and strengthening of fortresses that came into the hands of the Greeks, the prevention of disasters and attempts to break sieges, amphibious landings, the undertaking of other related operations and activities, capturing the enemy, the control of sea routes and crossings. The activity of the navy and the Greek naval forces was very substantial, with significant successes but not always fulfilling the goal.

The result of the naval battle of Navarino (8/20 October 1827) between the Turkish-Egyptian fleet and the trinational European divisions paved the way for the recognition of Greek independence. However, the epilogue of the action of the navy and the naval history of 1821 was written during the Kapodistrias era, when the Greek naval forces carried out some more operations, blockades of coastal fortresses and surveillance."

(Edited and translated description from organiser’s website)

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