Why the Ottomans Never Colonized America?

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Kings and Generals’ historical animated documentary series on the history of the Ottoman Empire continues with a video explaining why this dominant naval power never expanded to the American continent during the age of colonization.

Previous episodes in the series on the Ottoman Battles: covering the battles of Kosovo, Ankara, Varna, Second Kosovo, Constantinople, Belgrade, Targoviste, Otlukbeli, Vaslui, Valea Alba, Skanderbeg’s rebellion, Breadfield, Krbava, Otranto, Chaldiran, the Ottoman-Mamluk War of 1516-1517, siege of Rhodes in 1522, the battle of Mohacs of 1526, the siege of Vienna of 1529, the battle of Preveza, the battle of Gorjani, siege of Castelnuovo, sieges of Buda and Eger, the siege of Malta, siege of Szigetvar, Famagusta and Lepanto.

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The video was made by Yağız Bozan and Murat Can Yağbasan, while the script was researched and written by Johan Melhus

This video was narrated by Officially Devin ( &

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  1. Honestly suspect it has most to do with geography – the Otoman empire has access to the Indian Ocean and to the Mediteranian, heading to the Americas is probably the most difficult part of the world to get to from their point of view…

  2. During Selim's reign, Algerian Beylerbeyi Hasan Pasha signed a Turkish treaty with the USA on September 5, 1795. With this agreement signed in order to be able to trade in the Mediterranean, the USA paid taxes to the Ottoman Empire for 29 years. The only state in history that the USA accepted to pay taxes was the Ottoman Empire.

  3. Good trade relations with India and China is worth more than colonisation of new world

    Why waste human lives , effort and resources on second best choice when you can earn more with less effort with developed and civilised worlds ?!

    Christians went there to spread "love of jesus" …we can still see mass graveyards due to their christian love

  4. I like this video but also Ottomans have never given their caution to expeditions, especially after the 17th century. In addition, Ottomans couldn't educate their people therefore after the great times our diplomat quality rapidly decreased

  5. Considering what the Ottomans did to Assyrians, Balkan slavs, Greeks and especially the Armanians, I'm glad the Ottomans didn't sail to America in 1492 or we the indigenous here in the US be extinct.

  6. "ancient Egypt" had sailed to the America's and the ancient Carthaginians annexed the Americas way before the European made it across the Atlantic. Also, Abu Bakri sailed the Americas way before the European as well.

  7. The Portugese initially were not looking for slaves in Africa because slaves were not a known commodity in Europe (anymore). It was only when they started to trade with African tribes, they learned that theses tribes often had enslaved people from other tribes they wanted to sell. The Arab cultures in North Africa also had slave trade embedded in their culture. The Portugese didn't have a purpose for slaves, so there were not really interested initially. They were looking for gold, ivory and spices. It was only when they got colonies in the Americas that needed to be worked, they got interested in the slaves that were for sale in Africa, just like the other European countries.

    I just felt like correcting this, because this mistake enforces the image of the bad white man who is kind of inherently looking for slaves in Africa 'because that's what Europeans do', while that was really not the case. They learned from the best, so to speak.


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