Bust of Antonis Ekonomou

The [Greek] Revolution was proclaimed on Hydra suddenly on the night of 27 March 1821 by Captain Antonios Economou, member of Philiki Etaireia, and the enthusiastic inhabitants of the island. Economou took military and political power on the island, collected funds and prepared a fleet with Lazaros Koundouriotis’ help. In a declaration on April 16, 1821, Hydra officially joined the Revolution and decided that its naval squadron should put to sea under Admiral Yakoumakis Tombazis. The ships of the three “naval islands”, Hydra, Spetses and Psara, formed a battle-worthy force that was placed at the disposal of the struggle for independence. From 1822, Andreas Miaoulis led the Hydriote fleet from victory to victory, effectively giving command of the Revolution’s naval affairs to Hydra. Fearless naval commanders and fireship captains, such as Sachtouris, Tsamados, Sachinis, Kriezis, Pinotsis and Pipinos, were at the forefront of the naval struggle of the Greeks.

Text from National Historical Museum.

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