The County also prospered economically. Around 1400, another dynasty took over, this time the Cabrera family, who represented a violent and aggressive expansionist policy.
A few years before, Ragusa and most of Eastern Sicily had been hit by an even more tragic event: a devastating earthquake struck the area in 1693, destroying everything. Ragusa recovered from the trauma, and immediately began large-scale rebuilding. The city soon became a wonderful monument to Sicilian Baroque style.