Sack of Vieste
|Sack of Vieste|
|Kingdom of Naples||Ottoman Empire|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Unknown||60 or 70 galleys|
|Casualties and losses|
Heavy losses |
5,000 - 7,000 enslaved
On July 15th in the year of 1554 Dragut landed in Vieste with 60 or 70 galleys. Upon his arrival the inhabitants of Vieste took shelter between a cathedral and castle which they had barricaded. The Italians negotiated a surrender and delivered gold and silver hoping it would be enough to save Vieste.
They opened the doors on the 24th of July and the Turks entered and began sacking the town. They sacked churches and houses and slaughtered women, children and the elderly. The archpriest of Vieste and his family were taken captive and ransomed.
5,000 to 7,000 inhabitants were enslaved and Dragut ordered the beheading of everyone he was unable to carry off in slavery resulting in 5,000 beheaded. One source claims the entire population of Vieste was beheaded and this event has been described as a massacre. Another raid occurred in Naples the same year where Algerians took 7,000 slaves.
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