I thought it would be interesting to learn a little about the history of the land of my paternal ancestors, Sicily. For my first reading I picked a book called Sicily: The History and Legacy of the Mediterranean’s Most Famous Island by Charles River Editors. In this blog I write about the various important points in Sicilian history from 3.3 million years ago through early settlement to Ancient Greek and Roman times, and through changes from Arab to Norman to German to Spaniard to Angevin to Bourbon to Italian unification and finally to the development of the mafia. Showing the connection to migration that occurred mostly in the late 19th century.
Just a few readings and activities I have been pursuing recently. I may have more to write about these in future posts.
Did my Great Grandfather, Domenico Caruso (born circa 1849) somehow ended up in Texas where he was involved in a shootout after which he rushed home to Sicily?
Read about the connections between my ancestors, the Waldensians, and history from late 12th century through today.