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1808: Violent End of the Republic of Ragusa

1808: Violent End of the Republic of Ragusa
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Without Napoleon’s knowledge, Marshal Marmont issued a decree and eliminated the Senate and the government of the Republic. In doing so he formally put an end to the Republic of Ragusa.

The French Army, under the command of general Jacques Lauriston, entered Ragusa on 27 May 1806. There was no resistance from the Ragusans. The French took over the civilian government. They were led by Marshal Auguste Mormont who, on this day, issued a decree and eliminated the Senate and the government of the Republic without Napoleon’s knowledge. In doing so he formally ended the Republic of Ragusa.

Napoleon gave his approval afterwards. The territory of the Republic of Ragusa was amalgamated into the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy. Napoleon himself was the King of Italy, while his stepson Eugene de Beauharnais (son of Josephine from her first marriage) served as Viceroy. Marshal Mormont became the “Duke of Ragusa”.

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