At the extreme west end of Sicily, Marsala was founded by the Carthaginians after they fled Mozia in 396 BC, and called Lilybaeum. Withstood a ten year siege by the Romans before being overrun in 241 BC. Was the HQ of the Roman governor. Under the Arabs it became Marsa Ali (the harbour of Ali). British investors began exporting Marsala wine in the late 1700's and it became a huge moneymaker.Garabaldi landed here in 1860 with his army of 1,000, apparently aided by two Royal Navy ships that had been tasked with protecting the British wine interests.