Jean Parisot de La Valette
Grand Master of the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem,; born 1494; died Malta, 1568.
Entering this military order in early youth, he distinguished himself in the struggle against the Barbary pirates and in 1537 was made governor of Tripoli.
In 1557 he was elected grand master, and reestablished authority over the German and Venetian provinces.
His most noted exploit was his brilliant and successful defense of Malta from May to September 1565, against the immense Saracen force under Mustapha.
Subsequently he founded the town of Valetta, and rendered Malta impregnable for over two centuries.
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