Dubrovnik (Ragusa)
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A major port on the eastern Dalmatian shore of the Adriatic in present-day Croatia, Dubrovnik, formerly known as Ragusa, was an autonomous city-state mostly under a Venetian or Ottoman protectorate. In view of its geographical location, Ragusa became a significant factor in Adriatic commerce and assumed a very important role in the transit trade between East and West. Imported goods, including spices and luxury items, such as silk and perfumes from the East, as well as local Balkan products, were exchanged for finished products from the West, and the city came in time to rival Venice.

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Benjamin Ravid, “Dubrovnik (Ragusa)”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 25 June 2017
First published online: 2010



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