The area in the end was governed by the Ottoman Empire from 1516 to 1918. Following the crumple of the realm after World War I, the five areas that constitute present day Lebanon went under the French Mandate of Lebanon. In the Mount Lebanon go a religious tradition known as the Maronite Church was set up. As the Arab Muslims vanquished the region, the Maronites grasped their religion and character. In any case, another religious assembling, the Druze, set up themselves in Mount Lebanon as well, making a religious hole that has continued for a significant timeframe. In the midst of the Crusades, the Maronites re-set up contact with the Roman Catholic Church and expressed their partnership with Rome. The ties they developed with the Latins have affected the locale into the front line time frame.