1 and 2 March will take place in Tirana the second summit of the Albanian diaspora; the event has as its goal that of a greater understanding and therefore enhancement of the diaspora in light of the recent Albanian socio-economic development.
The event will take place on the occasion of the 575th anniversary of the birth of Besëlidhja and Lezhës (League of Alessio).
It was the well-known patriot Giorgio Castriota, better known as Scanderbeg, who founded it, involving the main noble families of Albania: the Castriota, the Muzaka, the Thopia, the Balsha and the Scura. This alliance was born as a defense coalition, against the expansionist aims of the Ottoman Empire.
The first undertaking that Besëlidhja and Lezhës had to face was the battle of Torvioll, masterfully won by the Albanians thanks to the remarkable military strategy used by Scanderbeg. The outcome of the battle was so memorable that even the pope of the time, Eugene IV, reached his voice. The Albanian successes continued to fall, while the Turkish army seemed to lose more and more ground.
Despite the admiration and approval of the papacy and the Kingdom of Naples, no aid was sent to the Albanian fighters, who continued their battle relying only on their own strength.
It was only after the fall of Constantinople, in the 1453, that the League of Alessio received aid from Venice, from the Kingdom of Naples and from the papacy.
Unfortunately for the Albanians, however, the Turkish army remained better supplied and equipped than the Albanian resistance, but despite this the League resisted until 1468, the year of the death of the great leader Scanderbeg. From that moment on Besëlidhja e Lezhës began to disintegrate, although the northern Albanians continued their struggle against the Ottomans.
In the 1479 the Venetian city of Scutari was conquered by the Turks and this event marked the end of the Albanian resistance and the complete subjection of Albania to the Ottoman Empire.
The Albanians had to wait more than four hundred years, but the 28 November 1912 in Vlora, Ismail Qemali declared the independence of Albania from the Ottoman Empire
- 2 March 1444, League of Alessio: the confederation under the leadership of the lord of Croia, Scanderbeg
Follow Albania News on Google News