For John, BLUF: A turning point. Nothing to see here; just move along.
I missed this yesterday, but it was the 444 years ago that the West won the Battle of Lepanto. Against the Ottoman Empire.♠
The last major battle between fleets propelled by oars (galleys).
Per Wikipedia, RAND expert Dr Paul K. Davis noted:
This Turkish defeat stopped Ottomans' expansion into the Mediterranean, thus maintaining western dominance, and confidence grew in the west that Turks, previously unstoppable, could be beaten.Regards — Cliff
♠ The breakup of the Ottoman Empire is still ongoing. Most recently as a result of World War One.