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On this day in 1808 the Republic of Dubrovnik was abolished

Written by  Mark Thomas Jan 31, 2017

On this day, the 31st of January 1808, the Republic of Dubrovnik was abolished by the French General Marmont. Without the knowledge of Napoleon Bonaparte the French General, who was the military governor of the south of Croatia, abolished the Republic of Dubrovnik.

With this move Marmont ended eleven centuries of the Republic. Dubrovnik was then placed under French rule in Dalmatia as part of Napoleon's Italian kingdom.

At around two o’clock in the afternoon, on this day in 1808, Colonel Delort, who was Marmont’s envoy to the Dubrovnik senate, read out the decision to end the Republic.

Dubrovnik nobility did not completely surrender. They attempted to convince the English and the Austrians to help the local population expel the French, but this failed. And at the Congress of Vienna in 1815 the former Republic of Dubrovnik was handed to the Habsburg Monarchy, who ruled Dubrovnik until the fall of the monarchy in 1918.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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