By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (April 24, 2024) – In this edition of Fun with Maps we take a look at some six centuries-plus of history and how it changed on this date over a century ago.

The Fall of an Empire

The Ottoman Empire lasted about 600+ years.

It was established in 1299 and surrendered to its fate on this day in 1920, because of picking the wrong side in World War I.

The zenith of the Empire was in the 16th Century, stretching from parts of Hungary to Yemen.

The Ottoman-Hungarian Wars kept the Ottoman Empire in check in Europe, but Hungary ended up giving up its eastern portion of its country after defeat at Mohacs.

The Ottoman had the determination to take most of Europe, and Europe would look a lot different today quite possibly if not for the Hungarian efforts.

Interestingly, the last stance for the Ottoman Empire and its then ally the Austro-Hungarian Empire came in World War I, and as a result of the defeat the state of Turkey was born.

In 1453 the Ottomans conquered Constantinople, today’s Istanbul, and made it their capital.  Thus, present here Chatelain’s view of Istanbul from 1719.

Istanbul – Circa 1719 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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