Naval Warfare in the 16th century Mediterranean

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The Mediterranean can be a very unforgiving place. You will need to know your way and how to deal with the Spanish, Venetians, Ottomans, Genoese & others.

Are you ready to take this quiz and see if you are an admiral sought by the Kings of Spain, Doges of Venice or even the Pope for the Papal fleet? Or will it be the Sultan of the Ottoman empire seeking your services?

Created by: Vlad Zamfira of Wonderer's History Podcast
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  1. Which island became an official overseas possession of the Republic of Venice in 1489?
  2. Who was one of the most important cartographers of the Ottoman Empire, famous for a world map made in 1513?
  3. Who conquered Rhodes in 1522?
  4. Gazaria was a colony in the Black Sea belonging to?
  5. Who are the 3 Victors of Lepanto shown in the famous painting (c.1575) formerly held in Ambras Castle, now at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna?
  6. When was the Great Siege of Malta?
  7. When was the Battle of Preveza (part of the 3rd Ottoman-Venetian War)
  8. How did Dragut Reis die at the Great Siege of Malta?
  9. Who was John of Austria?
  10. Where was John of Austria deployed prior to the battle of Lepanto?
  11. Kingdom of Candia was the name of which overseas colony of the Republic of Venice?
  12. Which Pope formed the Holy League of 1571?
  13. Who was Ottoman Sultan during the 4th Ottoman Venetian War and Ottoman Invasion of Cyprus?
  14. Who was the famed Ottoman admiral and corsair known for having the nickname "Red Beard" in Italian?
  15. Choose the correct answer listing these military events in chronological order.
  16. Who did Hayreddin Barbarossa help release from imprisonment in Genoa in 1544?
  17. How many wars did the Venetians wage against the Ottomans in the 16th century?
  18. Which one of these islands belonged to Genoa between 1304 and 1566?
  19. Island of Gozo is in the immediate vicinity of which other island?
  20. A pyramid of skulls of defeated Spanish defenders was erected by the Ottomans after which battle?
  21. What was the name of Don John's flagship at the Battle of Lepanto?
  22. During which winter did the Ottomans winter their fleet in Toulon?
  23. Joseph Nasi, financier and close advisor to Selim II, became the ruler over which Mediterranean duchy/Islands between 1566-79?
  24. Which Greek Island was ancient Greek hero Odysseus from?
  25. Which Venetian territory did the Ottomans FAIL to conquer in 1537?
  26. How many doges ruled the Venetian Republic during the 16th century?
  27. Legendary Genoese commander Andrea Doria died on 25 November 1560. How old was he?
  28. At the Naval Battle of Lepanto in 1571 most of the Ottoman navy was destroyed/ captured. However, one contingent managed to escape. Who was the commander of that contingent?
  29. When was the battle of Alcácer Quibir where Sebastian of Portugal passed away?
  30. By 1570 who had the strongest navy in the Mediterranean (number of ships, soldiers, oarsmen, possibility of rapid construction/reconstruction of fleet?)

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