8750Re: [sig] Re: Help with research
- Apr 23, 2004Do you speak Croatian? cause if you did I could give
you the web sites that I have found so far about
croatian history and such...not great all and all but
ok and free :)
Hmmm Senj and Venice.
Well, Venice had many a claim on Dalmatian grounds but
they havenet had much control over Senj especially in
the late period (1500 onwards). The reason for that
were the "Senjski Uskoci" or the way the Venetians
called them "Scocchi". Literally translated it means
the ones that jump in and out which was quite fitting.
They were officially loyal to the Haubsburg of Austria
payed for garrisoning a few forts around Senj, they
wore the Haupsburg two headed eagle on their banners,
but they were in fact loyal to themselves alone.
Pirates one and all, they sailed the Adriatic all the
while fighting Turks and Venetians alike. They looted
from anyone else they encountered as well, but those
were just targets of opportunity.
One account was given from a Venetian author in the
1550 more less...it said that the "Scocchi" were
unbelievable in anything they did...they would
assemble a few ships and when they left their homes
all they had was the clothes on their back, a light
blankit, about as much food as they would need for
tomorrow as they would hunt or loot for more than
that, well all that and a few trusty and well used
weapons of course. When they were kissing their wives
goodbye they didnt know how long they would be staying
out. It could be for two days or 6 months at a time.
They were silent, deadly, lightning fast and cunning
like a bunch of foxes. They had spies in every fleet
that entered the Adriatic and contacts in most cities
on the coast. They sailed in fleets of small boats
that had no sails and housed about 10-15 men per boat,
the larger vassels were big enough for about 20-25 men
but were used as provision and loot transporters
mostly. They died their fleets red and black and wore
the same colors on their garb (uniform really). The
colors stood for death and blood. They would usually
sail when no captain worth his own wouldn't dare to,
such as during storms, in the dead of night and so on.
They would just appear out of nowhere jumping over the
ship sides killing and looting and then dissapeared
into the night in an a mere instant. They drove the
Venetians absolutely crazy.
It is intersting to see how infamous they were at the
time especially once you realize that there were never
more than 400-500 fighting Uskok's at any one time.
Well so much about that for now...I'll talk to you
later about one instant that talks about how the
Uskoks escaped from the Venetian cluthes and made it
back home to safety. I actually have some
reconstructions of a typical garb from these guys from
around the 1500. but I will need to scan the page from
the book and then post it...which will take a while
since I dont have a scanner :(...and same goes for
reconstructions of the Uskok boats.
If you need something just ask and I will try to dig
it out for you :) since it is so cool to find someone
intersted in the same things like this.
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