The Mavromihali Family

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The noble Mivromihali family, who from the 1600s offered many heroes to the struggle for the Freedom of Greece, originated in Mani. The family consisted of high profile individuals such as preists, sailors, and military leaders. In light of their influential positions the family rose to become the most powerful family in Mani.

Petrobey MavromihaliThe last political and military leader of Mani was Petros Mavromihalis. Petrobei, as he was known died in 1848. When Pterobei took over the leadership of Mani, he managed to bring order, he stopped the internal bickering between the Maniots; he forced the Saracens to leave, and in 1819 entered the "Philike Heteria" (friendly society), and devoted him self with all his heart to the idea of the struggle. Thus, Petrobei as leader of such a powerful family and leader of Lakonia, gave courage to the Greeks for the difficult task ahead.

IN March 1821 Petrobei was involved in the campaign against Kalamatta with 2,000 soldiers. The leader of the Turkish occupying forces in Kalamatta, Voevodas Arnaoutoglou, surrendered his troops. Petrobei was announced General of the Peloponnese and from then on, he did not cease to fight for the idea of freedom. On 28th March, an announcement was sent to all European nations requesting the assistance of the civilized nations for his enslaved country. Later, with freedom and the onset of a civil war, the stance of Petrobei, was always patriotic. His goal was always reconcile his Greek co-nationals.

When King Othon arrived in Greece he formed a committee of which Petrobei was one of the three Vice Presidents and also was a member of the council of elders.

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