Mitropetrovas

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Mitros Petrovas, better known as Mitropetrovas, was a Greek revolutionary who fought in the War of Independence (1821-1829).

Mitropetrovas was born in 1745, in Garantza, Messenia in the south of Peloponnese. He came from a long line of klefts some of which had fought during the Orlov revolt against the Turks in 1770.

Mitropetrovas was initiated into the Friendly Society in 1819. He took part in the War of Independence by the side of Theodoros Kolokotronis to whom he was fiercely loyal. In 1821, he took part in the siege of Kalamata, the siege of Tripolis and the Battle of Valtetsi. In 1824, he was jailed in Hydra, as a loyal Kolokotronis supporter, during the infighting that broke out among the Greeks. On May 18, 1825, Kolokotronis and all his supporters - including Mitropetrovas - were released to fight the threat from Ibrahim pasha and his Egyptian force who were sent to quell the war of independence. Mitropetrovas took part in the battles of Drambala, Trikorfa, Karyes and Dragomano. In 1826 he fought at his native Garantza.

After independence, Mitropetrovas took part in the revolt of Messenia (July 1834) against the harsh rule of King Otto. He was jailed but pardoned, on March 25, 1835, due to his advanced age.

Mitropetrovas died on March 12, 1838.