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To: allendale
Lepanto was a result of King Filipe I/II agreeing to provide the strength of the Spanish fleet to the various fleets of the Catholic League (nations fronting the Mediterranean). The purpose was to punish the Turkish navy sufficiently to cause the Turks to resume trade with the West.

He more than succeeded and the Turks did not ever recover from what amounted to the total destruction of their navy.

Worth noting that this former King of England who'd sent more than one Armada against Elizabethan England, was able to wipe out the Turks with remarkable ease. They were on their way down as empires go ~

Later on his son would divide America among the great powers in Europe ~ more or less ~ including Russia! Took another century, and the Spanish empire began it's long slide towards irrelevance. By the end of the 1700s the British Empire was on top. By the end of the 1800s the United States was near the top, and would arrive by 1950 ~ and actually acquired Turkey as an Ally, as well as Spain, France, Italy, England, etc. ~ in brief by 1950 the issues of the 1400-1940 period were resolved.

11 posted on 04/30/2013 3:41:54 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah
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19 posted on 04/30/2013 6:19:33 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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