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Pietro I Candiano

Pietro I Candiano, (c. 842 – 18 September 887) was briefly the sixteenth Doge of Venice in 887.

He followed Orso I Participazio and Giovanni II Participazio as Doge of Venice, elected to the throne at the side of the elderly, and beloved, Giovanni circa April 887. He launched a military attempt against the Dalmatian Croat principality of Pagania, which was hostile to Venetia after 886. As soon as he became Doge, he advanced with a fleet of twelve galleys to the port of Makarska (Italian: Mokro), where he sank five Narentines ships. He landed near Mokro and advanced deeper inland, but the Narentines crushed his forces, killing him in open battle on 18 September 887. He was the first Doge to die in a battle for La Serenissima. Venetians start paying prince Branimir of Croatia, (879-892), the ruler of Littoral Croatia, an annual tribute for the right to travel and trade in the Croatian part of the Adriatic.[1] Giovanni briefly ruled Venice until a successor could be found for Candiano. It was Pietro Tribuno, his great-nephew. His son, Pietro II Candiano, also later became Doge.



  1. ^ Croatian History
Political offices
Preceded by
Giovanni II Participazio
Doge of Venice
Succeeded by
Pietro Tribuno


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