Countryball Polandball: The Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Empire Part 9: The Cretan War

The Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Empire Part 9: The Cretan War

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  1. After concluding [the war with Persia](https://www.reddit.com/r/polandball/comments/dg5ot5/the_rise_and_fall_of_the_ottoman_empire_part_8/), the Ottoman Empire renewed its efforts at Western expansion. Venice, weakened by economic reliance on Ottoman trade, growing political war-weariness due to financial exhaustion, and its lack of Spanish support, eventually [lost Crete](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cretan_War_(1645%E2%80%931669)), its largest and most prosperous overseas colony, to the Ottomans as well as its position as a major power on the continent. Yet, the maintenance of overextended naval supply routes during such a lengthy campaign left costly scars on the Ottoman Empire, and would contribute to the social unrest and military defeats in the decades to come.

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