Thursday, August 16, 2012

Demetrios Ypsilantis

16 August 1832, 180 years ago: Death of Demetrios Ypsilantis (also spelt using Dimitrios, Greek: Δημήτριος Υψηλάντης) - officer in the Imperial Russian Army in Moldavia and hero of the Greek War of Independence. In 1828, he was appointed by Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first head of state of independent Greece, as commander of the troops in eastern Greece. On 25 September 1829, he successfully compelled the Turkish commander Aslan Bey to capitulate at the Pass of Petra, thus ending the active operations of the War of Independence.
The city of Ypsilanti, Michigan in the United States - founded in 1825, during the Greek struggle for independence - is named after him. 
A bust of Demetrios Ypsilantis stands between American and Greek flags 
at the base of the landmark Ypsilanti Water Tower.

Ypsilanti, Michigan

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