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Byzantine and Muslim culture became one
Ottoman government, social life, architecture just begun
They dominated trade in Europe and far-out
Forcing the people to find Asian trade routes

Call them Ottomans, call them Turks
Using either name works

The Byzantine capital of Constantinople
Conquered by an army that was global
These people called the Ottomans
Took over Europe and Asian lands

Suleiman the Magnificent with title sultan
The name Turks gave to their khan
Ruling with religious tolerance
Linking cultures across the Bosphorus

Byzantine and Muslim culture became one
Ottoman government, social life, architecture just begun
They dominated trade in Europe and far-out
Forcing the people to find Asian trade routes

Non-muslims in religious communities called millets
Traditions, Education and, Ottoman law had to be met
The best soldiers became janissaries
Elite force members in the Ottoman armies

Muslim architects built beautiful mjosques
Houses of worship kept culture from being lost
The Ottoman army equipped with muskets and cannons
Reflected technology and skillful mechanics

Byzantine and Muslim culture became one
Ottoman government, social life, architecture begun
They dominated trade in Europe and far-out
Forcing the people to find Asian trade routes

The Ottomans expanded into Russia
Capturing the Crimean peninsula
Reaching over many continents defined their empire
North Africa, Middle East, Europe; the lands to acquire

Nations broke free from the rules of the Ottomans
As a result of poor leadership and corruption
Beliefs of Europeans and Ottomans never aligned
Europe boomed but the Ottomans declined.

Byzantine and Muslim culture became one
Ottoman government, social life, architecture begun
They dominated trade in Europe and far-out
Forcing the people to find Asian trade routes






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