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Battle of Lepanto

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battle lepanto 7 october 1571 strategic context

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The Battle of Lepanto

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What is Battle of Lepanto?, Explain Battle of Lepanto, Define Battle of Lepanto

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Battle of Preveza

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Ottoman - Venetian War

The Battle of Lepanto was a naval engagement that took place on 7 October 1571 where a fleet of the Holy League, led by the Venetian Republic and the Spanish Empire, inflicted a major defeat on the fleet of the Ottoman Empire in the Gulf of Patras. The Ottoman forces were sailing westward from their naval station in Lepanto when they met the fleet of the Holy League which was sailing east from Messina, Sicily. The Holy League was a coalition of European Catholic maritime states which were arranged by Pope Pius V and led by John of Austria. The league was largely financed by Philip II of Spain, and the Venetian Republic was the main contributor of ships.