HYDRA [ancient: Hydrea; Greek: Idhra] (Greece)

Greek island in the S Aegean Sea, 4 mi off the E Peloponnesus coast. The island served as a refuge for persecuted mainlanders in the 16th and 17th centuries. It figured prominently in the Greek War of Independence of 1812 to 1829, because of its development of a prosperous shipbuilding industry and its assistance in expanding the Greek navy.


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