1311: Catalans Take Control of Duchy of Athens

1311: Catalans Take Control of Duchy of Athens
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  • Historical event:
  • 15. March 1311
  • At that time, there existed a series of Crusader states in Greece, which were founded at the time of the Fourth Crusade. The Duchy of Athens was headed by dukes, seated in the Acropolis of Athens.

An important battle took place in Greece on this day in 1311 when Catalan soldiers in what is now Spain achieved a victory which allowed them to conquer the Duchy of Athens.

Namely, at that time, there existed a series of Crusader states in Greece, which were founded at the time of the Fourth Crusade.

The Duchy of Athens was a Crusader state that encompassed parts of Attica and Boeotia (Athens is located on the Attic peninsula.

The state was headed by dukes, seated in the Acropolis of Athens. The Catalan conquest led to Athens being under the rule of aristocrats from what is today Spain.

In addition, Catalan became the official language and Catalan laws were introduced. This situation lasted until the Catalans in Greece were defeated by Navarran mercenaries in the late 14th century.

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