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It is said that the first Ottomans were actually a Turkish clan which had moved from middle-Asia to Anatolia under the leadership of Ertugrul Gazi.

As tradition has it, on crossing the Central Anatolian Plateau, Ertughrul one day spied a cloud of dust on the horizon. It had risen from a battle near Eskisehir – formerly Dorylaion – where a Seljuk detachment was fighting against Mongol invaders.

Ertughrul took the historic decision, although probably unaware of what its consequences would be, to intervene in the battle, thus enabling the apparently losing side to win. That day the Ottomans saved the Empire of Rum.

To show his gratitude, the Seljuk Sultan Kaihusrev II (Kaikosrau) gave Ertughrul a strip of land encircling the battlefield. The land extended from Eskisehir along the Sakarya Valley. It corresponded roughly with the Roman province of Bithynia which the Seljuks had taken from the Byzantines about a century previously.

Ertugrul Gazi had a son Osman Gazi. One night Osman had a dream, in the dream he saw a tree growing from his chest . The tree’s branches were covering the whole world, people were walking under them and rivers were flowing.

In the morning Osman asked his mentor Edebali the seyh about this dream, and the seyh told him that he was going to be a Bey and his sons would be sultans and that they would gather many countries between the same borders.

That was the dream that stayed forever with Osman Gazi’s. After his father’s death Osman became a Bey and founded his own feudal state in 1299 in a small town called Sogut.

Osman Gazi founded a small empire there, which he called Memalik Osmanya, or The Principality of Osman. He made Bursa its capital in 1305, captured Gemlik in 1326 and thus laid the foundations of what was to become the Ottoman Empire that lasted for 600 years.

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Thanks for this post, Aston.

Launched in 1863, a frigate of the Ottoman navy was named in Ertuğrul’s honour.

While returning from a goodwill voyage from Japan in 1890 she encountered a typhoon off the coast of Wakayama subsequently drifted into a reef and sank. This resulted in the loss of 533 sailors, including Admiral Ali Osman Pasha. Only sixty-nine sailors and officers survived and returned home later aboard two Japanese vessels. .

This incident created a general sympathy in Japan for Turkish people and led to the establishment of a strong basis from which friendship between Turkey and Japan was to later develop.

The event is commemorated every five years on the day of the sinking with the participation of high-level officials from Turkey and Japan. In June 2008, Turkish president Abdullah Gül making an official visit to Japan, travelled from Tokyo to Kushimoto to take part at a commemoration together with local and regional officials and in 2010,

Turkish Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Şahin took part in a memorial ceremony in Japan to commemorate those killed in the frigate Ertuğrul disaster

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Frigate Ertuğrul

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Ertuğrul

Memorial in Kushimoto, Japan

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Its not from a particular article Abi, I wrote the thread from information from several sources Wiki etc and took the picture from many images on the internet. If an item is from a magazine etc I will say so.

Dande, thank you so much for the follow on I enjoy history very much and Turkey is rich with it.

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