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Migrants from the City of Kotor as Estate Owners in the Venetian Terraferma

Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
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Over the centuries, migrants from the city of Kotor (Kotorani) constituted the majority among the Croatian settlers in Venice. Within the broader analysis of the migration patterns but also their life and activity in the Lagoon, the link of the Kotor in-migrants with the Venetian inland (terraferma) is an important yet understudied subject in historiography. Based on sixteenth-century wills filed at the Archivio di Stato di Venezia, this article traces the connections between the Kotorani and Veneto, focusing on their relations with the settlements in today’s provinces of Padua and Venice The research reveals that Kotorani, some of whom were capable and enterprising businessmen, invested part of their capital in the terraferma estates, which they rented to tenant farmers. A study of the bequests also provides new details on their everyday life, especially on the relations with other Croatians in Venice and the Croatian fraternity of SS George and Tryphon—Scuola degli Schiavoni.

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