What if the Great Siege of Malta had ended in an Ottoman victory? What repercussions might their triumph have had?
Ended in an Ottoman Victory:What if the Great Siege of Malta had ended in an Ottoman victory? What repercussions might their triumph have had?
Intention A makes sense. You don't send 45k men to raid an Island. Intention B is possible. Especially if you have a strong Navy then keeping it may work out (keeping as in more than half a century). Intention B is hard if not looking impossible. The Spanish are strong, the Ottomans are extend with Persia and in Hungary. They failed to beat the Safavids when they had a chance. If they succeed in conquering Naples it may be lost in at most 40-50 years. That is my view. I think Suleiman knew this as well after the conquest of Hungary. But then again, he was ambitious. We will never know.K.M. Setton described Ottoman intentions as (a) take Malta, (b) invade/take Sicily, (c) invade/take Kingdom of Naples. His book was published in the mid-80s if memory serves.