The Greek national hero
Dimitrios Ypsilantis was the brother of Alexandros
Ypsilantis another national Greek hero who gave his life in the
liberation of Greece. Alexandros Ypsilantis led an uprising in
Moldovlachia to divert the Ottoman Turkish forces to the north, sending his
brother Dimitrios to lead an uprising in the south in Greece.
When Dimitrios arrived in Greece the leader of the
Greek uprising was Petrobei Mauromihalis, under the direction of the Peloponnesian
Senate. It was decided that Alexandros Ypsilantis would take control
of the uprising until the city of Tripolitsa was captured. Upon the
liberation of Tripolitsa elections would decide who would govern liberated
Dimitrios was a well respected military man who had served
in the Russian Army, he was honest, warm hearted, and patient. He
accepted as cohorts the guerrillas Maurokardato and Negri who had come from
Europe to fight in the uprising. He gave Maurokardato control
of West Central Greece, and Negri he gave control of East Central
However, the two persons who Ypsilanti trusted most were jealous
of him, and in their jealousy did all in their power to cause difficulties for him. As a
result of this bitterness two divisions eventually formed in Greece. The first
division was that of the politicians who supported Negri and Maurokardato,
the second was that of the military which supported Ypsilanti.
These two parties were so bitter towards each other that it
created difficulty in the uprising. Eventually the bitterness became
so great that it would lead to a civil war in the liberated areas.
There is no doubt that the conflict between the two sides was very negative
towards the liberation of Greece. Where it was necessary for the
Greeks to be united they were not, and this only served to strengthen the
already strong Turkish positions.
In order to prevent further chaos Ypsilantis called a
meeting of all the revolutionary representatives of Greece after the
liberation of Tripolitsa. The
result of the meeting between the revolutionary leaders was the formation of
the first government of Greece in the liberated