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Zacour, N. P.; Hazard, H. W. (ed.) / Volume VI: The impact of the Crusades on Europe

VII: The Ottoman Turks and the Crusades, 1329-1451,   pp. 222-275 PDF (18.9 MB)

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in 1326. As vividly reflected in Venetian correspondence, Venice had to feed
the city by sea, mainly from Crete, and eventually the starving populace
turned against their new masters. The Ottomans had sympathizers and supporters
among the Greeks, especially the Greek clergy. 
 Venetian tactics were to cut off the Ottomans' passage between Anatolia
and Rumelia at the Dardanelles, to support the Karamanids, and to chase the
Ottoman fleet away from Thessalonica.123 In June 1429 the senate offered
Sigismund a new project of alliance with emphasis on the occupation of the
Dardanelles and Gallipoli.124 During the summer and autumn Murad had to watch
with anxiety ShAhrukh's movements on his borders in Anatolia, and be content
with the raids of his frontier forces in the Morea and Albania, while the
Venetian fleet under Andrew Mocenigo threatened Gallipoli. 
 Shãhrukh's victory against the Karakoyunlu in the battle of Salmas
on September 17-18, 1429, emboldened the Venetians, who reminded Murad of
the danger from the east. 125 Sh~hrukh returned to Azerbaijan for the winter,
and Murad called the Anatolian forces under the able general Hamza, conqueror
of Smyrna, to Europe in February 1430. Thessalonica was taken on March 29,
1430. In his letter to his friend the Mamluk sultan Barsbay, Murad II presented
it as a victory for Islam, and considered it as the elimination of a great
danger to the Ottoman state. 126 
 The fall of Thessalonica came as a surprise to the Venetians; Si!vestro
Morosini was then cruising off the coast of Epirus. In the summer of 1430,
while Sh~thrukh was still in Azerbaijan, the Venetian fleet attacked Gallipoli
and cut off all communications on the Straits. Acting on behalf of the sultan,
Hamza signed a peace treaty in July 1430 (ratification September 4, 1430).
Venice recognized the Ottoman possession of Thessalonica, and guaranteed
security for Ottoman communications on the Straits. By agreeing to pay a
yearly tribute of 236 ducats Venice also recognized Ottoman overlordship
at Patras, where Latin rule was challenged by the Greeks and Turks. For his
part, the sultan recognized Venetian sovereignty over its Albanian possessions
— Durazzo, Scutari, and Antivari (Bar). Seven years of occupation of
Thessalonica and the resulting Ottoman war had cost the republic over 700,000
 123. lorga, Notes et extraits, I, 490, instructions to the captain-general
Andrew Mocenigo, dated May 15, 1429; for the Karamanids see ibid., I, 503.
 124. Ibid., I, 494. 
125. Ibid., I, 505, note 5. 
 126. FerIdOn, op. cit., I, 198. 

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