Series HR-DADU-56.3 - Litterae Officii navigationis; Lettere dell'Offizio della Navigazione (Official letters from the Maritime Office)

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Litterae Officii navigationis; Lettere dell'Offizio della Navigazione (Official letters from the Maritime Office)


  • 1745-1802 (Creation)

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10 volumes; textual records

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The series contains official letters from the mid-18th century to the early 19th century sent by the Maritime Office to consuls and representatives of the Dubrovnik Republic in Italian, Ottoman, African, Spanish, and Portuguese ports. Due to a new increase of maritime affairs in the Republic at that time, the Republic of Dubrovnik had established about 80 consular offices in these ports. The series also contains circular letters and instructions to Ragusan sea captains, to all consuls of the Republic, and specifically to all consuls in the Ottoman Empire and to all consuls in the countries in the Western Mediterranean parts of Europe.

The series contains a small number of letters sent to Jewish people by the officials of the Maritime Office. Among those people, in the second half of the 18th century, there are references to the administrators of the consulates of the Dubrovnik Republic in Algeria, Abram and Raphael Jacob Bussara, (e.g., vol. 8, f. 3). There is also another reference to Abram Aruch, who was responsible for Ragusan ships in Alexandria at the time when there was no Dubrovnik consul in the city (vol. 1, f. 110).

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State Archives in Dubrovnik

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Venditae caratiorum (HR-DADU-56.1), Patenta, Concessiones navigationis et Renovationes concessionum (HR-DADU-56.2), Intentiones navigationis (HR-DADU-56.4), Apolitiae onerum (HR-DADU-56.5), Diplomata navigationis (HR-DADU-56.6), Provedimenta navigationis (HR-DADU-56.7), Diversae terminationes et notae Officii navigationis (HR-DADU-56.8), Diversa navigationis (HR-DADU-56.9).

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Vinko Foretić, »Pomorska serija starog Dubrovačkog arhiva, I.« Naše more 11 (1954): 597-599.Vinko Foretić, »Pomorska serija starog Dubrovačkog arhiva, II.« Naše more 12 (1954): 664-666. Ilija Mitić, Konzulati i konzularna služba starog Dubrovnika (summary: The Consuls and the Consular Service of Old Dubrovnik: rissunto: Consolati e servizi della vecchia Dubrovnik), Dubrovnik: Historijski institut JAZU u Dubrovnik, 1973.

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Some volumes of this series have alphabetical indexes according to the first names of the recipients of the letters, with an indication of the number of the page on which the letter begins.

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Fonds of the Dubrovnik Republic and the territory of the former Republic under the French Administration, series 56.12

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  • English



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