Damietta-LR2

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Definition/Summary:

Originally named Tamiat and later Arabic name Dumyat.

  • The eastern branch of the Nile delta
  • A port at the mouth of the Damietta

The Siege of Damietta of 1218 (part of the Fifth Crusade)

  • The city, under the control of the Ayyubid Al-Kamil successfully repelled crusaders.
  • The Crusader knights layed siege to the city of Damietta with the aid of a Frisian fleet and a flotilla from the Republic of Genoa
  • Even though they were reinforced to 35,000 men, they were heavily outnumbered by the 70,000 Muslims
  • With no way of overcoming such a large force, the crusaders formed an alliance with Kay Kaus I, Seljuk Sultanate of Rum in Anatolia
  • Kaus attacks the Ayyubids in Syria so that the crusaders would no longer have to fight on two fronts

Expanded info:

  • In June of 1218 the crusaders began their siege of Damietta, and despite resistance from the unprepared sultan Al-Adil, the tower outside the city was taken on August 25. They could not gain Damietta itself, and in the ensuing months diseases killed many of the crusaders, including Robert of Courcon
  • Al-Adil also died and was succeeded by Al-Kamil
  • Much later the crusaders had successfully worn out the sultan’s forces, and were finally able to occupy the port

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