Torra di Nonza
|Torra di Nonza|
|This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the Corsican Wikipedia. (December 2008)|
The tower of Nonza is famous throughout Corsica for its siege in 1768, during the war between Pasquale Paoli's independent Corsica and France. The troops protecting the village of Nonza had been taken prisoners by the French troops north of the village, but the commander of the troops had remained in the tower.
It is said that he managed to make the French troops believe in a fierce resistance during the siege, so that the latter would agree in his conditions for surrender, that were to let him join the rest of Paoli's troops, and to grant him the military honours.
When he came out alone of the tower, the French commander, stunned, asked where the troops were. He is said to have answered : "here is the commander and the troop"
Notes and references
- French Ministry of Culture: Tour de Nonza (French)
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