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Don Juan of Austria versus Müezzinzade Ali Pasha: A Holy League fleet under Juan confronts an Ottoman fleet under Müezzinzade Pasha in a climactic battle involving a large majority of total galleys in the Mediterranean. Will Müezzinzade Pasha’s wings defeat their opposition in time to outflank Juan’s center?
My personal stamp on this battle was the rotation of the map; virtually every map places the Ottomans on the right and the Holy League on the left to emphasize the dramatic conflict between East and West. I rejected this landscape on two grounds. First, I wanted to provide a more original view and seeing the same map in every source is dull. Second, I wanted to downplay the East-West conflict of civilizations in favour of a more accurate, interest-based context. Each civilization fought amongst itself more often than each other and the appearance that they fought one another for cultural purposes is somewhat superficial. Juan had to unite his polyglot fleet somehow and stressing the common religion among it was an effective way of doing so. France, Portugal and the Holy Roman Empire were conspicuously absent from this apparent climactic battle of civilizations because it was in their best interest to abstain.
Since it had been two months since my last animation when I had posted this one, it felt gratifying to return in force to a favourite past-time.
– Jonathan Webb
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Map of the world: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_map_projections
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