Enrico Dandolo

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Dandolo, Enrico


Born about 1108 in Venice; died June 14, 1205, in Constantinople. Became Venetian doge in 1192. Dandolo and the leaders of the Fourth Crusade concluded an agreement on the transport of the crusaders across the sea. Taking advanatage of the desperate situation of the crusaders, who had gathered in Venice, he forced them to attack Dalmatia, where in 1202 they conquered Zadar, a trade rival of Venice. Then, with his backing, the destination of the Fourth Crusade was changed from Palestine or Egypt to Byzantium. With his assistance it looted Constantinople in 1204. This event marked the beginning of the Latin Empire, in which Venice received considerable territory, mainly coastal lands. Thus, the transformation of Venice into a colonial power was basically completed.


Sokolov, N. P. Obrazovanie Venetsianskoi kolonialnoi imperii. Saratov, 1963. Pages 357–446.
Gozzano, U. Enrico Dandolo. Turin, 1961.
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But the crusaders, hopelessly in debt, had no choice and Doge Dandolo, like the rest of the secular Venetian government, had little regard for the Vatican's opinion.
His treatment of the Fourth Crusade is quite muddled: he has the Venetians and the Crusaders go off to fight infidels in the Holy Land between their setting up of Alexios IV in Constantinople in 1203 and the capture of the city in 1204 (8-9); he also has Doge Dandolo go back to Venice after that victory (12-13) and then return to Constantinople (14-15).
The main building is a beautiful restored 14th-century palace that was once the home of the Doge Dandolos family.