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Thanatos H Eleftheria; Death or Freedom

Laskarina Bouboulina

Bouboulina! An illustrious name that arouses feelings of patriotism, sacrifice and bravery in the heart of every Greek. She is the celebrated heroine of the sea, one of the most famous figures in Greek history.

Bouboulina's History

May 11th 1771, when her mother, Skevo, visited her dying husband, Stavrianos Pinotsis, who had been imprisoned by the Turks. The arrest and imprisonment of Pinotsis was due to his participation in the Peloponnesian revolution of 1769-70 against the Turks. This revolution, which is known in Greek history as the Orlof revolution, subsequently failed. At this time Spetses island was almost totally destroyed by the Turks for taking part in the uprising.

Behind Every

The year 1811 finds Bouboulina twice widowed and the mother of seven children, but at the same time, extremely rich from the fortunes of ships, land and cash inherited from her husbands. The cash alone which she inherited from Bouboulis, was over 300,000 tallara – Spanish golden sovereigns of those days. She managed not only to keep this fortune intact but also to increase it due to her good management and successful trading. She became partner in several Spetsiot vessels and in time managed to build three of her own. Among these was the famous "Agamemnon", the first and the largest Greek fighting ship of the 1821 War of Independence, whose construction cost Bouboulina 75,000 tallara.

  • Last visit to Spetses Island: Mar 2005
  • Intro Updated Apr 3, 2005
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2015 at 6:32 AM

    Hello, Janet! Thanks for enlightening us on the proud history and your great heroes....Greece is such an ancient country with lots to do and to see as a traveller...Happy trails! >>>

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    Mar 13, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Very interesting page. Now I want some good seafood.

  • goutammitra's Profile Photo
    Jun 1, 2011 at 8:44 AM

    This is interesting. I shall be back , I have not finished yet. Very good information on Greece.

  • kidfree's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Enjoyed reading your page, I had a great trip to Spetse too many years ago ( 1981? ). I wish I`d seen the feta back then! Thanks for the page comment BTW, Jordan.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    A very interesting page, I have learnt some Greek history. I can help you with the purple/blue flower. It is Echium, I have grown it myself. Might have photos of it on my Toowoomba page, not sure. Happy new year to you!

  • mindcrime's Profile Photo
    Nov 30, 2009 at 2:30 AM

    hey this page gets better everytime! thanks for the updates!

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    You have presented a great viewpoint of the island and its history. The war history was super. Congrats

  • nada1712's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2008 at 9:06 AM

    Nice and interesting pages on Spetse Janetanne!

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  • diosh's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2008 at 3:48 AM

    What a stunning house and so sensitively restored:-) xx

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