- Naval forces leave Istanbul, on the west side of the
Bosphorus. From the shipyards of the Golden Horn, they gather
strength in the Sea of Marmara, hidden behind the Dardanelles. Link to a map showing water features at a
more local scale. Troops on land gather at Usukudar, on the east
side of the Bosphorus, march to near Eskisehir where they are joined by
other locals, and then on to Marmaris to meet up with the naval
forces. The purple spider lines at locales along the way
represent the infusion
of resources, be they soldiers, camels, horses, barley, or other.
Different sources estimate vastly different numbers for the Ottoman
Army and for provisioning point locations: the locations above
therefore deliberately abstract but do show spatial pattern and
temporal spacing---possibly suggestive of added research
The purple spiders fade as the army moves away from the added resource
point: floods along the way might cause camels to break legs;
might use up food supplies more quickly than anticipated.
however, of such incidents, mere distance from a supply point means a
reduction in that initial infusion. Hence the need for another
provisioning point. The pattern of the Ottoman Army in keeping a
source of fresh supplies is quite clear: conquer near, then a bit
farther. Use previously conquered locales as provisioning points
extend Ottoman control into farther reaches.
- The animated map above
was made from reading material in Andre Clot, Suleiman the Magnificent, Saqi
Books, London, 2005. To learn more about this Conquest and the
took place around it, follow the many links below. The link
offers a starting point to this complex topic. The
next link offers
reference to an enduring literary image: "The Maltese Falcon."
- Links to sites describing
the action, references, and bibliographic material:
- Goings on elsewhere
this year of 1522...links to sites with timelines:
- Related links:
- Goffman, Daniel. The Ottoman
Empire and Early Modern Europe. Cambridge University Press.
Link to Frontmatter.
- The Ottoman Empire and
Modern Turkey, 1453-1950, Thomas Kuhn course syllabus and notes,
Simon Fraser University http://www.lib.sfu.ca/researchhelp/subjectguides/hist/classes/hist043350.htm
- GLOBALHISTORIE: NOEN
(FORHOLDSVIS NYE) TITLER, MED SÆRLIG VEKT PÅ PERIODEN
- Agoston, Gabor. Guns
for the Sultan: Military Power and the Weapons Industry in the
Ottoman Empire. Cambridge University Press. http://assets.cambridge.org/052184/3138/excerpt/0521843138_excerpt.pdf
- Ghazzal, Zouhair, Modern
Middle East, History 313, Loyola University Chicago, http://www.luc.edu/depts/history/ghazzal/hist313.htm
- History On-Line,