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Bosnian Merchants and Dubrovnik financiers in the Second Half of the 15th and the First Half of the 16th centuries

Marko Vego

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Some data are given in this work about important merchants and craftsmen from Bosnia and Herzegovina in the second half of the 15th and in the first half of the 16th centuries. They borrowed money from Dubrovnik financiers or they got into debts in the form of goods or some services. Sometimes Dubrovnik merchants, craftsmen and lease — holders did the same in Bosnia and Herzegovina where they were permanent or temporary residents. Notaries often use the worlds habitator or mercator in a certain place.
The name of the place and the regions where the debtors live are put down with the montioned words, so if they do not pay their debt they could be summoned to the Dubrovnik court or to some other one.
Out of the given data we can see that the Bosnian, Herzegovinian and Dubrovnik merchants came to Bosnia and Herzegovina and vice versa without regards to the turkish occupation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Merthants and craftsmen took loans in Dubrovnik from these settlements: Visoko, Zenica, Vrhbosna, Prača, Olovo, Rogatica, Zvornik, Srebrenica, Borča near Mesić by the river Prača, Goražde, Foča, Jelača, Konjic, Cernica, Mostar, Trebinje, Narenta (Gabela) at the Neretva and so on.
The books of Dubrovnik notaries show us also the record of the first accepting the Mohammedan religion by people from Bosnia and Herzegovina. In these books are the exact names and surnames of every borrower of Dubrovnik money.
The Moslem religion was accepted, as it could be concluded, first by merchants and craftsmen and only then by peasants.
Dubrovnik was always tolerant toward the Bosnian and Herzegovinian merchants and there was always much friendship among them. The Turkish were also tolerant toward the merchants who came to Bosnia and Herzegovina. This tolerance on Turkish part lasted full 100 years from the first year of Bosnian occupation and later of Herzegovinian.


Dubrovnik, Bosnia, trade

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