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Your Guide to Malta and Gozo - The Aragonese

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The Aragonese

 

 Alfonso V the Magnanimous, King of Aragon

The Aragonese King was assisted by viceroys to run Sicily and its Islands. Malta was not directly ruled by the Sicilian viceroy, but came under the jurisdiction of a sequence of Feudal Lords as a fief. The Maltese Islands on many occasions were ransacked by invaders and many of the inhabitants taken as captives. In 1418, the Maltese asked for a watchtower to be built on the island of Comino to ward off further invasions, taxes were levied to raise the money required. This was not erected until some 200 years later.

The Islands were handed to Anton de Cardona for the sum of 30,000 Florins. Gonsalvo Monroi then purchased the island for that amount. The locals attacked Monroi and destroyed many of his possessions. King Alfonso was informed that the Maltese were willing to purchase their independence from Monroi by raising 30,000 Fiorins.They only managed to raise some 20,000 Fiorins, a sum which Monroi accepted. In 1429, Malta was beseiged by Ridavan from Tunisia and many inhabitants were killled or taken into slavery. Malta endured a major Turkish invasion in 1487. The town of Birgu was pillaged and some 80 locals were enslaved. In 1526, Sinan the Great Jew attacked Malta, and enslaved 400 of the inhabitants.