Kara Deniz, 1500–1700

Charles King

in The Black Sea

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199241613
Published online August 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601439 | DOI:
Kara Deniz, 1500–1700

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The Ottomans guarded the Black Sea as a great prize and, after their conquest of Constantinople, gradually restricted access by outside ships. For the first time all the sea's coasts were brought into a single commercial and political network. Trade, especially in slaves, enriched the empire. In time, however, the rise of the Cossacks and, later, Russia turned the sea and its northern coast into a source of insecurity.

Keywords: Constantinople; Cossacks; Ottoman empire; Russia; ships; slavery; trade

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Subjects: International Relations

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