End of the Baltic Crusade in Estonia

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1222

In 1222, the Danish tried to conquer Saaremaa, but in vain. This initiated the resistance of the Estonians, which soon spread across the whole country. By the year of 1223, all of Estonia was free of foreign rule, with the exception of Tallinn, which could not be taken neither by the Estonians nor the Russians. The onslaught of the crusaders was soon to follow, and by 1224 all of mainland Estonia was, again, in their hands. The last fortress to fall was Tartu, in 1224. The crusaders organized a campaign to Saaremaa in February 1227. First, the fortress of Muhu island was brought under. The Oeselians decided surrendered before the siege of Valjala fortress, and that is considered to be the end of the Baltic Crusade in Estonia. All of Estonia had surrendered and was soon divided.

Source: A.Mäesalu, T. Lukas, M. Laur, T. Tannberg "Eesti ajalugu I" 1997 "Avita"


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