WI: Ottoman victory at the Great Siege of Malta

What if the Ottoman Empire had won the Great Siege of Malta and conquered the island?

The Knights get executed every last one, probably a decent share of Malta gets enslaved to North Africa. So in all cases, it will be bloody. The island will likely be used as a fort by Pirates. Nothing that will replace the North Africa, as Malta is also kinda a trap. If the Spanish consider to reconquer it, there is a good chance they will.

The Knights, whatever remains, who were not on Malta or managed to escape the bloodbath will likely be resettled. Maybe on Elba? Ibiza? Menorca? The Western Mediterranean will probably be better defended against North African Raids. In a more surprising decisions, the Spanish might let them settle in the Caribbean on condition to hold of English and Dutch attacks. Not sure if the Knights are open for that, but those are the suggestions.

If Malta might be reconquered... Probably. I mean, a Muslim controlled Island that will likely be used to raid Sicily in fast attempts and sell slaves to North Africa. A shorter escape from Christian Navies. The Spanish in Italy are the likely candidates, others are Venice and if it manages to reach the late 17th century, France. That is if the North Africans hold the island. If the Ottoman Navy holds it then it is the same but France.
 
The Knights get executed every last one, probably a decent share of Malta gets enslaved to North Africa. So in all cases, it will be bloody. The island will likely be used as a fort by Pirates. Nothing that will replace the North Africa, as Malta is also kinda a trap. If the Spanish consider to reconquer it, there is a good chance they will.

The Knights, whatever remains, who were not on Malta or managed to escape the bloodbath will likely be resettled. Maybe on Elba? Ibiza? Menorca? The Western Mediterranean will probably be better defended against North African Raids. In a more surprising decisions, the Spanish might let them settle in the Caribbean on condition to hold of English and Dutch attacks. Not sure if the Knights are open for that, but those are the suggestions.

If Malta might be reconquered... Probably. I mean, a Muslim controlled Island that will likely be used to raid Sicily in fast attempts and sell slaves to North Africa. A shorter escape from Christian Navies. The Spanish in Italy are the likely candidates, others are Venice and if it manages to reach the late 17th century, France. That is if the North Africans hold the island. If the Ottoman Navy holds it then it is the same but France.
Assuming the last scenario what happens to thr muslim population of Malta? Bc by the 17th century the island will likely be mostly muslim. Will france expell them? Or make them colonial vassals like they did later to africa?

Also its possible for the ottomans to keep Malta for more time? Maybe even to the 18th/19th century?
 
Assuming the last scenario what happens to thr muslim population of Malta? Bc by the 17th century the island will likely be mostly muslim. Will france expell them? Or make them colonial vassals like they did later to africa?

Also its possible for the ottomans to keep Malta for more time? Maybe even to the 18th/19th century?

Most likely. If the Island is taken by force, the Muslims (and Jews) are pretty much screwed. Murder, rape, forced conversions are likely to happen. If the island is taken by agreement then the Muslims depart for Tunis/Tripoli. If the French are the one to conquer it they will keep it for themselves. It is an ideal Naval Base to attack British/Dutch Shipping in the Mediterranean.

Yes, the Ottomans can keep it for longer than the 18th/19th century. It depends on circumstances.
 
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