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Morosini's Sacking of Koroni in 1685

Scarce map of the coastal region near Kalamata, extending from Methoni and Koroni to Kardamyli and Stoupa.

The map illustrates an expedition of Captain General Francesco Morosini against the Ottoman Turks. Morosini first rose to prominence as Captain-General of the Venetian forces on Crete during the siege of Candia by the Ottoman Empire. He was eventually forced to surrender the city, and was accused of cowardice and treason on his return to Venice; however, he was acquitted after a brief trial.

In 1685, at the outbreak of the Morean War, Morosini took command of a fleet against the Ottomans and sacked Koroni. Over the next several years, he captured most of the Morea with the help of Otto Wilhelm Königsmarck. His fame reached such heights that he was given the victory title Peloponnesiacus, and was the first Venetian citizen to have a bronze bust placed during his own lifetime in the Great Hall, with the inscription Francisco Morosini Peloponnesiaco, adhuc vivendi, Senatus.

The map appeared Delineatio Provinciarum Pannoniae et Imperii Turcici Oriente. Eine Grundrichtige Beschreibung deß ganzen Aufgangs, sonderlich aber deß Hochlöblichen Königreichs Ungarn und der gantzen Türckey, by Jakob Koppmayer in Augsburg, 1687.