While Venetian lordship of the Adriatic sea was generally recognized as a fact by the 14th century, it was diversely viewed. Some commentators mixed envy with admiration; others added malice to their envy and accused the Venetians of ambition to rule others. The Venetians themselves, as interpreted by their chroniclers, believed that they had exercised rightful dominion over the Adriatic from time immemorial and had won it by clearing the Adriatic of pirates and making it safe to sail. Their lordship was in fact less extensive and much more recent than they cared to recognize. The whole of the Adriatic sea was indeed called the ‘Gulf of Venice’, and the Venetians undertook to police all of it, to exclude war fleets except by their permission, and to inspect all merchantmen within its waters to see whether their trade was in accordance with the Venetian navigation laws and treaties.

Groom of the Sea. Venetian Sovereignty Between Power and Myth

Pezzolo L.
2019

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While Venetian lordship of the Adriatic sea was generally recognized as a fact by the 14th century, it was diversely viewed. Some commentators mixed envy with admiration; others added malice to their envy and accused the Venetians of ambition to rule others. The Venetians themselves, as interpreted by their chroniclers, believed that they had exercised rightful dominion over the Adriatic from time immemorial and had won it by clearing the Adriatic of pirates and making it safe to sail. Their lordship was in fact less extensive and much more recent than they cared to recognize. The whole of the Adriatic sea was indeed called the ‘Gulf of Venice’, and the Venetians undertook to police all of it, to exclude war fleets except by their permission, and to inspect all merchantmen within its waters to see whether their trade was in accordance with the Venetian navigation laws and treaties.
Ideologies of Western Naval Power, c. 1500-1815
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