The Karposh uprising, a consequence of the worse economic, social and political situation of the Macedonian people, was directly encouraged by the Austro-Turkish War. Led by the legendary Duke Karposh, it broke out in the middle of October 1689 in the north-eastern part of Macedonia, between Kustendil and Skopje. Karposh was accorded the title King of Kumanovo together with the ceremonial helmet, by Emperor Leopold I of Austria. The uprising quickly spread, to the rebels freeing Kratovo, Kriva Palanka, Kumanovo, Kacanik and in other towns. Then, together with the Austrian army, they fought to liberate Skopje and Stip.
Duke Peter Karposh, King of Kumanovo
Later there was a change in the military and political situation in the Balkans, which had a crucial effect on the rebellion. The Austrian army was forced to withdraw and powerful Turkish forces, reinforced by Tatar detachments belonging to the Crimean Khan Selim Giral, attacked the rebels. After fierce battles the Turks took Kriva Palanka, the rebel stronghold, and then attacked Kumanovo and its newly-constructed fortress. Karpos was captured, removed to Skopje, and cruely put to death on the Stone Bridge across the Vardar.