Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The Battle of LaPanto, October 7th 1571

More history you didn't learn in public school. I talked about my theory on Friday the 13th and now I give you the story you didn't learn about the Battle of LaPanto. This naval battle is recorded as one of the most glorious victories against Islam in recorded history. And guess what? George Bush wasn't even president in 1571. The following quotes are taken from Wikipedia and World Net Daily.

on 7 October 1571 when a galley fleet of the Holy League, a coalition of the Republic of Venice, the Papacy (under Pope Pius V), Spain (including Naples, Sicily and Sardinia), the Republic of Genoa, the Duchy of Savoy, the Knights Hospitaller and others, decisively defeated the main fleet of Islamic war galleys.

The five-hour battle was fought off western Greece, where the Islamic forces sailing westwards from their naval station in Lepanto met the Holy League forces, which had come from Messina.

Victory gave the Holy League temporary control over the Mediterranean, protected Rome from invasion, and prevented Islam from advancing into Europe. This last major naval battle fought solely between rowing vessels was one of the world’s battles in history as well as a crucial turning point in the ongoing conflict between the Middle East and Europe, which has not yet completely been resolved.

"It's the West vs. the Islamic world, a clash that has never abated. … It predates America itself. It is a clash between Western civilization and the Islamic world." "Conflict along the fault line between Western and Islamic civilizations has been going on for 1,300 years." Islam advanced under the sword conquering North Africa, Sicily, Spain, Portugal and parts of France. Twice "the forces of Islam laid siege to Vienna. For 1,000 years, Islam advanced and Christendom retreated," ~Jonathan Last, Philadelphia Inquirer

But at Lepanto, Christendom did not retreat.

The Ottoman Turks had attacked and captured Christian strongholds throughout the Mediterranean. Their strategy was to control the sea, the trade routes, and thus crush European navies and commerce. In 1522, the Knights of St. John were driven from Rhodes by the Moslems. The year 1529 saw an attack on Vienna. By 1570 Cyprus was under siege. According to historian H.W. Crocker III, the Turks skinned the commander of Cyprus while the officer was still alive. More than 12,000 Christians were enslaved on Moslem galleys, lashed to the oars of Turkish ships that then threatened Europe. Feared as "invincible," the Moslem fleet terrorized cities
along the coasts of Italy and Greece.

The Turkish fleet, under the command of Ali Pasha, gathered at Lepanto (Gulf of Corinth). They were reinforced with lawless Corsairs under the command of the ferocious Moslem pirate, Uluch Ali. Europe's Holy League was an allied fleet of the
Knights of Malta, Spanish, Venetian and Papal ships assembled by Pope Pius the V. The famous Don Juan of Austria, assisted by equally famous Andrea Dorian, led the Holy League. Maritime historians note that the Battle of Lepanto was the last of the great sea battles between oared vessels, and the largest battle since the Battle of Actium in 30 B.C.

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