Don Juan de Austria's Galley “La Real”

National Geograpic Historia - Spain

In the extensive report dedicated to the Battle of Lepanto, National Geographic Historia included, in its Spanish edition, a picture of the “La Real” Galley of Don Juan de Austria, the commander of the Christian coalition, made up of Spanish, Genoese, Venetian and Saboyans soldiers, besides of those from the pontifical states and of the Order of Malta. On October 7th 1571, the Christian fleet defeated the Ottoman one, which was superior in number, in the Gulf of Corinth, in Greece. The victory had a huge propaganda effect. Despite this, the Turks continued to maintain their naval dominance in the eastern Mediterranean until the 18th century.
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