Odoacer Acquires Sicily
Following their capture of Sicily
from the forces of the Roman Empire in 439, the Vandals from their capital
at Carthage no doubt watched events on the Italian penninsula with a
prudent caution. Their
concern likely grew as the barbarian mercenary Odoacer
led the revolt overthrowing the Western Roman Empire and set about revitalizing
the military strength of his region.
By 476 a rapprochement with Odoacer seemed in order. The Vandals entered
a treaty with Odoacer under which they ceded Sicily to Odoacer's direct
control, but with an agreement for Odoacer to pay them an annual tribute
in recognition of their claims. Once again, albeit briefly, control
of Sicily had returned to Italy.
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