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Željka Blakšic AKA Gita Blak
Željka Blakšic AKA Gita Blak

Laskarina Bouboulina (1771 - 1825) is known for her tremendous contribution to the Greek War of Independence in the 19th century. With her passion for the sea and after the death of her second husband she turned her wealth into the foundation of a merchant empire. She was the partner in several trading vessels and soon began having her own built to sail the waters. Bouboulina soon became a member of a secret organization known as Filiki Eteria, which was spreading the idea of a Greek Revolution over the Ottomans. Bouboulina used her fortune to make arms and ships for her country and collect men to fight with her against the enemies. She is a Greek national hero and one of the first women to play such a major role in a revolution.