Posted by Marilyn Barbera on 17 OCT 2003 02:31:13
The inhabitants of Ustica were not exiled. King Ferdinand gave them land grants to go and settle the island because it had be pirated by Barbary Pirates and presented potential threats to the defense of that area. The first attempt to settle the island failed because the pirates in 1762 kidnapped 70 settlers and took them to Tunisia where the captives stayed for 9 years. Some converted to Islam (they were sold as slaves to Moslems) some died and the rest of them were liberated thanks to the help of monks in Naples who intervened. There is a copy of the letter that Peter Bertucci located in Ustica that came from the archives in Catania that the monks sent to monks in Tunisia.His address is 4400 Avron, Metairie, La. 70002.They returned to Lipari and once again were asked by the King to try again and this time he provided cannons and towers. The second attempt was made on Oct. of 1763.You can contact Fred Laurice(Lauricella) at (916)967-9600 He has written the story for his family re unions.