"I lost mine at the Goletta, and circumstances brought us together in Constantinople"

    La Goulette, a port seperating Tunis from the Mediterranean, was alternately captured and recaptured by Ottoman and Spanish forces throughout the 16th century before being decisively conquered by the former in 1574.  While the earlier Battle of Lepanto had repelled Ottoman advances towards Europe across the Mediterranean (See note to page 359), the Conquest of Tunis ensured that Muslim power rather than Christian would dominate North Africa.


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