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           Pylos is a small town, with about 3.000 inhabitants, in the Southwest part of the Peloponnese. It is built in the natural bay of Navarino, that is protected by the island of Sfactiria. It is 52 km away from Kalamata, the capital of Messinia.
           Pylos has a continuous historical presence since pre-historic times. The first Messinians arrived in the area in about 3300-3100 B.C. and the land flourished ever since especially in Mycenaean times as is apparent from the Palace of Nestor in Eglianos. There are references about Pylos in Homer and Thucydides as in many other ancient Greek writers. According to tradition, it was founded by Pylos, son of Klisonas. In the beggining it was called Korifasion, taking its name from the nearby cape.
           During 1287-1308 the despot of Thebes, Nicholas II Saint-Omer, fortified the town with a castle. It was conquered by the Navarres around 1385, the Venetians in 1417 and in 1500 it fell in the hands of the Turks. The Venetians conquered it again in 1686 and the Turks in 1715.
           During the 1821 Greek War of Independence, Pylos rebelled under Georgakis and Nikolaos Oikonomidis, with the help of an Eptanisian corps with Merkatis and many soldiers from Mani under Pierrakos Mavromichalis and a squadron from Spetses and forced the Turks to surrender the castle (August 7, 1821).
           In 1825 Imbrahem occupied the castle and the town and kept it under his command until the sea battle of Navarino, where the allied European fleets, under Heyden, Codrington and Derigny defeated the Turk-Egyptian armada suffering almost no losses on their side.
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          The first from Patsourakos family who immigrated to Pylos was Giorgis Patsouros (1800-1890) from Nomia. He went first to Konakia around 1830, as his wife was from there and had landed property near the Monastery of Aghios Georgios.
          According to our family tradition, one day around 1840, Giorgis and his wife were cultivating their land and had left their newborn boy wrapped in a piece of cloth ("niaka") on a tree. Suddenly, they realize that a snake was approaching the baby, probably attracted by the smell of the maternal milk. They were terrified to such an extent that they both pleaded Saint George (Aghios Georgios) to : "make the snake go away from the baby and they would also go away from Konakia donating everything they had to the Monastery".
          As of a miracle, the snake grew away from the baby and Giorgis, his wife and their boy, keeping their promise to their guardian Saint George, left Konakia, leaving their entire property to the Monastery and migrated to Pylos. Most of the members of the family currently residing in Pylos are his descendants.
Around 1870, Panagiotis or Potis Patsouros (1858-1952) (with the nickname "Kaousis") from Nomia also migrated to Pylos. The rest of the members of the family in Pylos are his descendants.
          Potis' grandfather, Panagiotis Patsouros (1760-1825) had the nickname "Giatrakakos" ("Doctor"), annomination that still exists for his descendants.
The family tradition says that he acquired his nickname as follows: He was a practical doctor in Mani but also occasional pirate, like most Maniots at the time. In one of his pirate trips he was captured by the Turks and closed bound in a prison in Istanbul.
          While «Giatrakakos» was in prison, the Sultan got sick from contamination of an abscess. All his physicians failed to heal him. At last they called Patsouros, as they have heard of his knowledge, and he (by chance?) succeeded to cure the Sultan. As a reward for the treatment of the Sultan he asked,-what else?- his freedom! So the Turks sent him to a deserted coast of Mani. From there, he returned to his village where he continued to exercise his medical profession. He was later killed in a vendetta in Nomia.
          His valuable book "On diseases and injuries" was inherited by his grandson Potis and it was the only thing that he had with him when he migrated to Pylos.