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KINGSTONâCroatian archaeologist Irena RadiÃ§ Rossi visited the University of Rhode Island recently to speak on a fascinating discovery underneath the waves of the Adriatic Sea; a Venetian galleon which never saw port again, sinking off the Dalmatian coast in the fall of 1583.
âToday, an international team of archaeologists and archivists are piecing together the fascinating history of everyone connected to the ill-fated ship, which belonged to the Gagliana family of Dubrovnik,â said Bridget Buxton, professor of history at URI and organizer of the event. âSo far the story includes the Ottoman Sultan Murad III and his mother, a Venetian lady abducted and sold to the harem of Selim II by the famous pirate Barbarossa; the Doge of Venice, NicolÃ² da Ponte, and the Grand Duke of Florence, Francesco I deâ Medici.â
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