about the Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks.
- On one hand, the Cossacks definitely refused to submit to Turkish rule, and they probably would have sent a reply to Sultan Mehmed IV when he demanded their submission.
- On the other hand, why didn't the Ottomans keep any record of whatever reply was sent to them by the Zaporozhian Cossacks? After all, the Ottomans had a highly literate court and a strong bureaucratic tradition.
- Finally, considering the nomadic nature of the Cossacks, does this mean that there were very few literate Cossacks? If so, does this mean that the Cossacks would have sent a messenger with a spoken message instead of a written reply?
Source: reddit post