Saaremaa is the largest island in Estonia, measuring 2,673 km2. The main island of Saare County, it is located in the Baltic Sea, south of Hiiumaa island and west of Muhu island, belongs to the West Estonian Archipelago; the capital of the island is Kuressaare. The whole island had a recorded population in January 2017 of 31,357. In old Scandinavian sources, Saaremaa is called Eysysla and in the Icelandic Sagas Eysýsla, meaning "the district of island"; the island is called Saaremaa in Estonian, in Finnish Saarenmaa—literally "isle land" or "island land". I.e. the same as the Scandinavian name for the island. The old Scandinavian name is the origin of the island's name in Danish Øsel and Swedish, Ösel, Gutnish Oysl, in Latin, Osilia. In Latvian, the island is called Sāmsala, which means "the island of Saami". Saaremaa is believed by Estonian scholar Raul Talvik and former Estonian president Lennart Meri to have been the historic Ultima Thule. According to archaeological finds, the territory of Saaremaa has been inhabited from at least 5000 BCE.

Nordic Iron Age ship burials, dated to AD 700-750, have been found in Sõrve Peninsula. Sagas talk about numerous skirmishes between Vikings. Saaremaa was the wealthiest county of ancient Estonia and the home of notorious pirates, sometimes called the Eastern Vikings; the Chronicle of Henry of Livonia describes a fleet of sixteen ships and five hundred Osilians ravaging the area, now southern Sweden belonging to Denmark. Around 1000, Gunnar Hámundarson from Iceland took part in a Viking raid at Eysýsla. There he obtained his famous atgeir, by taking it from a man named Hallgrímur. Njáls saga tells the following: Thence they held on south to Denmark and thence east to Smálönd and had victory wherever they went, they did not come back in autumn. The next summer they held on to Rafala and fell in there with sea-rovers, fought at once, won the fight. After that they steered east to Eysýsla and lay there somewhile under a ness. There they saw a man coming down from the ness above them. Gunnar asked him his name, he said it was Tófi.

Gunnar asked again. "Thee I want to see," says the man. "Two warships lie on the other side under the ness, I will tell thee who command them: two brothers are the captains—one's name is Hallgrímur, the other's Kolskeggur. I know them to be mighty men of war. Hallgrímur has an atgeir; that thing follows it too that it is known at once when a man is to be slain with that atgeir, for something sings in it so loudly that it may be heard a long way off—such a strong nature has that atgeir in it. The Chronicle of Henry of Livonia describes a fleet of sixteen ships and five hundred pirates from Saaremaa ravaging the area, now southern Sweden belonging to Denmark. In the XIVth book of Gesta Danorum, Saxo Grammaticus describes a battle on Öland in 1170 in which the Danish king Valdemar I mobilised his entire fleet to curb the incursions of pirates from Couronia and Saaremaa; the most renowned raid by the inhabitants of Saaremaa occurred in 1187, with the attack on the Swedish town of Sigtuna. Among the casualties of this raid was the Swedish archbishop Johannes.

Archaeological excavations have not verified the traditions of destruction of the town. Normal life in Sigtuna continued until town started to lose its importance during 13th century due to navigability problems caused by post-glacial rebound. In 1227, Saaremaa was conquered by the Livonian Brothers of the Sword during the Livonian Crusade but the resistance of the local inhabitants remained strong; the crusaders founded the Bishopric of Ösel-Wiek there. When the Order was defeated by the Lithuanian army in the Battle of Saule in 1236, the Saaremaa islanders rebelled; the conflict was ended by a treaty, signed by the Osilians and the Master of the Order. In the following year, the Sword-Brothers were absorbed into the Teutonic Order; as the crusaders' hold on Saaremaa got stronger, Christianity became more established on the island, to this day Saaremaa has a unique set of medieval churches in Kaarma, Kihelkonna, Muhu, Pöide, Püha and Valjala churches. The crusader's fortress Kuressaare Castle, known in German as Schloss Arensburg, was built by the Teutonic Order for the bishops of Ösel-Wieck.

Construction began in 1380 and it is one of the most well-preserved medieval castles in Estonia and bears testimony to the late Medieval Age. During the 14th–16th centuries, earlier, local inhabitants started to expand across the Baltic Sea into surrounding areas thus establishing villages at Livonian coast. Most of Saaremaa was ruled directly by the Bishopric of Ösel-Wiek, while some parts were enfeoffed to the Livonian Order. In 1559, the bishopric and Saaremaa were sold to Denmark. From 1570 until 1645 the entire island was under Danish possession. In 1645, Saaremaa was ceded from Denmark to Sweden by the Treaty of Brömsebro. In 1721, along with the rest of Livonia, Saaremaa was ceded to the Russian Empire by the Treaty of Nystad, becoming a part of the Governorate of Livonia. In 1840 the first spa opened in Kuressaare, the town experienced renaissance and became a resort for Russians and Baltic Germans. In World

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