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The Battle of Lepanto

The Battle of Lepanto

The naval battle of Lepanto in 1571 CE pitted the Ottoman fleet against the ships of the Holy League (Spain and its territories, Republic of Venice, the Papacy, Republic of Genoa, the Duchy of Savoy, the Knights Hospitaller, and others). As the name of the Holy League shows, the European forces saw this as a conflict of cultures and religions. Their victory over a superior force, which they attributed to the intercession of the Virgin Mary and which the Ottomans also treated as an expression of divine judgment, was a turning point in stemming Ottoman expansion in the Mediterranean.

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