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A Famed Lair of the Barbary Pirates

Fine old color example of Camocio's map of Ulcinj, Montenegro, first published in Venice in 1571.

Seized by the Ottomans from the Venetian Empire in 1571, the map would remain under Ottoman for 300 years.

The map appeared in Camocio's Isole Famose, Porti, Fortezze, e Terre Maritime


Ulcinj is oldest settlements in the Adriatic coast.  It was founded in 5th century BC, and later captured by the Romans in 163 BC from the Illyrians. With the division of the Roman Empire, it became part of the Byzantine Empire.  During the Middle Ages it was under South Slavic rule for a few centuries.

In 1405 the Venetians conquered the town. Under Venetian control, the city was renamed Dulcigno in Italian, and it was incorporated in the Albania Veneta. The Venetians maintained control until 1571, when the Ottoman Turks conquered Dulcigno with the help of Barbary pirates, who remained in the  town after its conquest. It was renamed Ülgün and remained within the Ottoman domain for over 300 years, during which time its far-reaching reputation as a lair of pirates was established. 

In the 17th century a self-proclaimed Jewish Messiah named Sabbatai Zevi caused turmoil throughout the Turkish Empire with his evangelizing, which attracted thousands of followers. He was eventually captured and exiled to Ulcinj in 1666, where he died ten years later. 

Condition Description
Old Color.
Bifolco-Ronca, Tav. 590 State 2