George Castriot was an Albanian warrior and nobleman better known as Skanderbeg. He was originally sent (for political reasons) to the Ottoman Empire being raised and educated there. He later deserted against the Ottomans and eventually led in the resistance against the spread of the Ottoman Empire. He was successful in the fight, but after he died Albania quickly fell and became part of the Ottoman Empire which it remained from 1385-1912. Skanderbeg remains a national hero in Albania.