Cyprus was part of the supranational Ottoman Empire and had experienced a thriving liberation movement. Although the revolution failed to take root in Cyprus, several Cypriots came to Greece and fought on the side of the rebellious Messolonghi. Their presence in the besieged Messolonghi was essential.

We know more about at least six Cypriots who chose to defend Messolonghi. Yannis Pasaportis, Hadjichristodoulos Kokkinoftas and Nikolas Hadjisavvas from the wider area of Paphos survived the Exodus, in contrast to their other compatriots who died during the siege and are sporadically mentioned in the memoirs of other revolutionary fighters.