Suleiman Launches Unsuccessful Attack on Hospitallers on Malta

Suleiman Launches Unsuccessful Attack on Hospitallers on Malta

Hospitallers' Fort St. Angelo (Malta)
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Great Siege of Malta: Suleiman the Magnificent attacks the Hospitallers on Malta but will be unsuccessful. Numbering just 700, the knights are aided by several European nations who see Malta as the gateway to Europe and are therefore determined to protect it.

Queen Elizabeth I is reported to say

"If the Turks should prevail against the Isle of Malta, it is uncertain what further peril might follow to the rest of Christendom."

Tens of thousands of Turks land at the bay of Marsasirocco, but their numbers won't be enough to overcome the Hospitaller defenses on Malta.

After a siege of four months, third of the Hospitaller knights and a third of the of the native Maltese people will be dead, but they survive this siege during the hot summer and while being bombarded by over 130,000 canon balls.

This victory contributes to a shift in European thinking about the Ottoman Empire. Before the Ottomans had been perceived as an invincible foe; now, however, Europeans see in them an opponent who can be beaten, even when attacking in massive numbers.

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