Walter Panciera

The Turkish-Venetian Border in Dalmatia and the Mediterranean Limes after Passarowitz (1718-1721)

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After the Treaty of Passarowitz, the Republic of Venice and the Ottoman Empire sent two border commissioners to Dalmatia: the future Doge Alvise Mocenigo III, and the sipahi Hacı Mehmed Efendi, member of the Divan. Relying on Venetian archival sources, this article follows the negotiation for defining the border – which began in December 1718 in Herceg Novi and ended only on 6 October 1721 – as well as the various disputes, the solutions adopted, and the interventions by Bailo in Constantinople and by the Grand Vizier. The identification of a definitive point of intersection between the Ottoman and Austrian Empires and the Serenissima (Triplex Confinium), as well as the establishment of a Mediterranean limes as a guarantee for Venetian ships against rampages by Barbary pirates, are of considerable importance.


  • Dalmatia
  • Border
  • Republic of Venice
  • Ottoman Empire
  • Passarowitz


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