The MILITARY COSTUME OF TURKEY.
PUBLISHED BY THOMAS McLEAN JANUARY 1, 1813
From drawings by Octavien Dalvimart (d'Alvimart), engraved by F.H. Clark
Spahis from the NYPL
The Spahis, who constitute the principal part of the mounted force of the empire, are chiefly raised in the Asiatic provinces: they are excellent horsemen, and are variously equipped, but in general, the lance is their principal weapon, in the use of which they are very expert: they are divided into sixteen legions, and in the early ages of the Ottoman empire, prior to the institution of the Janizaries, they were considered as its principal strength.
The Turkish horses are mostly of Arabian extraction, and are fed with barley and cut straw; they are smaller, and not so strong (particularly in the Asiatic provinces) as the breed of colder countries, but very beautiful, and full of fire and spirit.
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