Chronology of Dubrovnik in 18th Century


Dubrovnik succeeded in arranging with the Turks to send a tax of 12,500 ducats every third year in advance, and in this way in fact reduced the tax.


Djuro Baglivi (born 1668) died, a university professor and one of the most famous physicians of his time.


A portal was added to the building of the Main Guard, between the City Clock Tower and Onofrio's Small Fountain.


Replacing Dubrovnik's cathedral, which was badly damaged in the earthquake, a new cathedral was erected in the style of Roman baroque. This cathedral still stands.


The baroque church of St. Vlaho was built. The church still stands.


It was decreed that the serfs had to work for their masters 75 days a year.


This was a period of great effort on the part of Venice to paralyze the trade of Dubrovnik on the mainland.


The Jesuit church was completed (architect A. Pozzo). Close by the church stands the famous “Collegium ragusinum” (1735), where all well-known Dubrovnik citizens were educated. Also nearby is the splendid “Skalinata” (1738). All three combine to create one of the most interesting Baroque settings in Dalmatia.


Dzono Rastic (born 1669 or 1671) died. He was a historian and the best writer of chronicles in Dubrovnik (Chroniche di Ragusa).


Ignjat Djurdjevic (born 1675) died, a writer of religious and love poems.


Dubrovnik opened a Consulate in Trieste, bent upon preserving its trade positions in the Adriatic.


Dubrovnik's continental trade slackened, but its sea trade was renewed thanks to its neutrality. In that year Dubrovnik had nearly 150 ships, on which sailed about 2200 sailors.


Dubrovnik renewed her trade connections with England, which had been broken off after 1588. Saro Crijevic, historian (born 1686), died. His broad and comprehensive work on the history of Dubrovnik's churches is still in manuscript, whilst his manuscript about Dubrovnik's men of literature was printed in 1975.


The conflict between the “old” and “new” nobility (the latter were those co-opted into the ranks after the earthquake) resulted in reforms of election rights for the state administration in favour of the “newcomers”.


Dubrovnik wished to open a Consulate in Zagreb, but this was prevented by Austria.


Dubrovnik attempted to smooth over a disagreement with the Russians resulting from the capture of Dubrovnik ships in the Mediterranean.


Dubrovnik and France signed a trade agreement in which Dubrovnik was treated as the “Republic of Dubrovnik”. This agreement was not favourable for Dubrovnik.


Sebastijan Slade-Dolci, a biographer of famous Dubrovnik citizens (born 1699), died.

Around 1780

Dubrovnik ships successfully sailed not only in the Mediterranean but also in the Black Sea. They appeared as well in American Atlantic ports such as New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and others.


The Dubrovnik Government did not answer the proposition put forward by their diplomatic representative in Paris, Frano Favi, that they establish diplomatic relations with the USA, although the Americans agreed to allow Dubrovnik ships free passage in their ports.


Rugjer Boskovic (born 1711) died. He was one of the greatest Croatian scientists, mathematician, astronomer, and physicist. His most significant work was Philosophiae naturalis theoria(1758). With his reputation, fame and connections he was often able to help his Republic.


Luka Sorkocevic died, a composer whose works are still performed today.


Rajmond Kunic (born 1719), Latinist of world repute, died. A second edition of the Dubrovnik regulations of navigation was published (Regolamenti della repubblica di Ragusa per la navigazione nazionale) which reflected Dubrovnik's ingenuity in the field of maritime laws. The bases for this were given in Dubrovnik's statutes on navigation for the years 1745 and 1781.


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Prepared by Josip Lucic

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