At the beginning of the 15th century these principalities became stronger, especially because of the fall of the Serbian Empire.Some of these principalities were united in 1444 under the military alliance called League of Lezha.

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The kingdom however held out until 1368, when the city was captured by Karl Thopia.

The presence of the kingdom reinforced the influence of Catholicism and the conversion to its rite, not only in the region of Durrës but in other parts of the country.

It is disputed, however, whether the "Albanoi" of the events of 1043 refers to Albanians in an ethnic sense or whether "Albanoi" is a reference to Normans from Sicily under an archaic name (there was also a tribe in Italy by the name of "Albanoi").

After the fall of Progon Dynasty in 1216, the principality came under Grigor Kamona and Gulam of Albania. Around 1230 the two main centers of Albanian settlements, one around Devoll river in what is now central Albania, A major attempt to advance further in direction of Constantinople failed at the Siege of Berat (1280–1281).

Outside the southwestern Balkans where Albanians have traditionally been located, Albanian populations through the course of history have formed new communities contributing to the cultural, economic, social and political life of their host populations and countries while also at times assimilating too.

Between the 11th and 18th centuries, sizeable numbers of Albanians migrated from the area of contemporary Albania to escape either various sociopolitical difficulties or the Ottoman conquest.

A Byzantine counteroffensive soon ensued, which drove the Angevins out of the interior by 1281.

The Sicilian Vespers further weakened the position of Charles, and the Kingdom was soon reduced by the Epirotes to a small area around Durrës.

Of them, there are five Orthodox languages: Bulgarian, Greek, Syrian, Iberian (Georgian) and Russian.

Three of these have Orthodox alphabets: Greek, Bulgarian and Iberian.

In Western countries, a large and influential Albanian population exists in the United States formed from continuous emigration dating back to the 19th century.