8th of March, 1821

On the 8th of March, 1821 a convention of Maniot Military leaders with Petrobey Mavromihali as President convened at Kitries where they decided to declare war on the Ottoman Empire. The military might of the Maniots was around 6,000 men. This number was doubled, with the inclusion of civilians and also women, who were equally as brave as the male soldiers, especially when, with sickles in hand, they killed and threw back into the ocean the Turkish Egyptians under the command of Ibrahim in the Battle of Diros on 26th June, 1826.

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