One of the first tasks young Otto von Wittelsbach and his regency council undertook shortly after the Great Powers appointed him king of Greece in 1833 was to try to subdue the people of Mani. Greece’s first head of state, Ioannis Capodistrias, had met his death two years earlier after attempting to bring some of the Maniots into line over their refusal to pay taxes. The newly-arrived Germans launched three military operations involving thousands of Bavarians soldiers marching into the southern Peloponnese. They all proved fruitless as the wily and determined Maniots made best use of their limited resources and inferior numbers.
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