Cvetko Popović-Vranovački

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Cvetko Popović-Vranovački
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Donje Vranovce, Lebane
DiedMay 20, 1809(1809-05-20) (aged 33–34)
Kopaj Košare
OccupationMerchant and Chetnik commander voivode in the army of Karađorđe

Cvetko Popović-Vranovački (around 1775 - Kopaj Košare near Niš, 20 May 1809) was a merchant and a Chetnik commander voivode in the army of Karađorđe.


He was born in Donje Vranovce near Lebane not far from Leskovac around 1775. He was a respectable merchant and a mechanic in his area.[1] He was the leader of the Jablanica insurgents in the First Serbian Uprising and Karađorđe's highest-ranking Bimbaša, together with Ilija Strelja and Sava Dedobarac. During the First Serbian Uprising, he had about seven hundred men from this area underarms.[2]He was a fearless opponent of the Turks and Arnauts and initiated the restoration of the church in his area, by gathering around him a large number of devout Christians skilled in masonry, who renovated the church and gathered a large number of young people with weapons who defended the work on the church from the enemy day and night.[3]

He died near Kopaj Košare near Niš, on 20 May 1809.


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