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Manto Mavrogenous from Mykonos: During the War of Independence (1821-1828), Mykonos contributed a significant number of warships all handled by experienced seamen. It was during this war that many people were distinguished for their bravery. Among the many Mykonians who actively took part in the War of Independence, there is one lady who stood out with her courage and valor and she is none other than Mandalena Mavrogenous.
She was a native of Trieste and her grandfather, Dimitrios Mavrogenous, served as dragoman of the naval fleet and for some time also served as governor of Valahia and Moldavia. Being a lady of aristocratic lineage, she had a huge fortune at her disposal and as a noble-hearted lady, she donated all her fortune towards the funding of the War of Independence.
It was largely due to her fiery personality that convinced the Turks to retreat, especially from Mykonos. She was a skillful leader and won many battles and even led military expeditions in Europe. As a mark of respect to the great lady of Mykonos, there is a statue of Mandalena Mavrogenous in the Central Square of Mykonos Town.