The Ionian Islanders were no strangers to revolutionary ideas. The short-lived but decisive presence of the Republican French (1797-1799) who came to the islands as liberators, armed with the ideals of the French Revolution, had left a lasting imprint on their area. Subsequently, they tried to give new meaning to the concept of homeland, during the short-lived Septinsular Republic (1800-1807). Thus, when the Greek Revolution finally broke out, they were ready to support it by propagandising the Struggle of the Greeks, contributing money and supplies, and participating themselves in crucial battles, such as that at Peta in Epirus or the siege of the Acropolis in Athens. Later, following the arrival of Ioannis Capodistrias in Greece, many Ionian Islanders would rush to participate in the building of the new Greek state.