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Sokollu Mehmed Pasha was born in 1506 A.D. and died on 11th October 1579 A.D. he was a Ottoman statesman. Mehmed born in Ottoman Bosnia into a Serbian Orthodox family. Taken at an early age and a part of the Ottoman Devşirme system which was the collection of Christian’s boys which were raised to serve in Ottoman Janissary corp. Upon the conversion to Islam, raised and educated. This would often give them great opportunities within the Ottoman Imperial system, one example of which is Sokollu Mehmed Pasha who was granted a rank of “Grand Vizer”.

Going through the ranks in the Ottoman Imperial system he would eventually go through to become an imperial guard, in 1543-46 A.D. then high admiral of the fleet, 1546-51 A.D. and then various other positions such as governor general of Rumelia. and vizier through the ranks. he was Grand vizier from 1565-79 which he was under command through three sultans such as the Great Suleiman the Magnificent, Selim II and Murad III. Through the assassinated in 1579 towards the end of his de fact ruler of the ottoman empire.

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