Even the worsening relationship between Venice and an increasingly expanding Ottoman would probably cost the Venetian spice trade more than the competition on the journey through the Cape of Good Hope. During the first few decades of the 16th century, Turks drove Venetian galley boats carrying luxury goods through the western Mediterranean Sea, away from offshore waters. Gypsy girl and horse and into the forest I go to lose my mind and find my soul poster. to Egypt only dried up in a short period of initial excitement, when Portugal expanded soon after 1500.65 On the other hand, Venetian merchants realized they could always find great quantities. Spices are sold at affordable prices in Cairo and Adexandria – if they can get there.