- Emmanouel Pappas
Emmanouel Pappas (Greek: Εμμανουήλ Παππάς) (1772-1821), prominent member of
Filiki Etaireiaand leader of the Greek War of Independencein Macedonia was one of the most heroic figures of the Struggle.
Born in Dovitsa,
Serres, son to a priest, Pappas managed to excel in commerce and banking, not only in Macedonia, but also in Europe, establishing trading posts in Constantinople, Viennaand Budapest, despite the limited education he received.
Being one of the inceptive members of Filiki Etaireia, after the outbreak of the War, he dedicated his fortune in order to organise and finance guerilla troops. In March, 1821, he tried to coordinate his actions in Eastern Macedonia, with
Anastasios Karatasos, who had started the revolution in West, with a view to spread it through the entire region but their actions were not well synchronized, and had little success.
The Revolution in Macedonia
In Spring of 1821, he led 4.000 Macedonian fighters and landed to
Chalkidiki, in Agion Oros, where on May 23he started the Revolution, after all the leaders where grouped in the Koutloumousiou monastery. Quickly, the rise spread to Polygyros, Arnaia, Ormylia, Sithonia, and the area of Kalamaria.Pappas was then named "Leader and Defender of Macedonia" and divided his force in two parts, the first under his leadership, moved towards Apollonia in order to intercept Ottoman forces moving from Constantinople and the second under Stavros Chapsas, through Arnaiaand the mount Cholomon, reached Sedes outside Thessaloniki. After some impressive accomplishments in the beginning, where he managed to liberate the most part of the peninsula and even to threaten Thessaloniki, his lack of communication with Karatassos and the propinquity of Chalkidiki to Thessaloniki, where massive Ottoman troops were stationed, enabled the Ottomans to move against him with large forces.At first, Chapsas not having enough forces to advance, retreated to Vasilika, Thessalonikinear the monastery of Agia Anastassia where on the homonymous battle was outflanked and overrun by superior Ottoman forces. Chapsas, chose not to leave but to fight and with 68 men he put up a desperate struggle of which none survived. Pappas was then forced to withdraw in Pallene and entrench in the town of Kassandra, where on October 30he was attacked by a 14.000 men corps, lead personally by Mehmet Emin Pasha, Vali of Thessaloniki.Despite his efforts, the town was seized and burned, alongside many villages, however Pappas, on November with many locals, managed to sail towards South Greece, but during his trip he died of heart attack.His defeat, along with the repression of Karatassos' revolution in Naoussain April, 1822 marked the end of the Greek war of independence in North Greece.
He is considered one of the most significant members of the Greek Revolution, being proclaimed "hero of the Greek nation",during the
First National Assembly at Epidaurus.
*Vakalopoulos, Apostolos E. "History of Macedonia 1354-1833", Vanias Press (1984).
*Vakalopoulos, Apostolos E. "Histoire De La Grece Moderne", Horvath Press. ISBN 2-7171-0057-1.
*Paroulakis, Peter H., "The Greeks: Their Struggle For Independence”, Hellenic International Press (1984). ISBN 0-9590894-1-1.
*Stratiki, Poti, “To Athanato 1821”, Stratikis Bros, (1990). ISBN 960-7261-50-X.
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