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Himara Revolt
Part of the Long War
LocationHimara, Ottoman Empire (now Albania)
Result Ottoman victory
 Ottoman Empire
Commanders and leaders

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Himara Revolt of 1596


The Himara revolt was part of a series of revolts from Epirus up to Šibenik.[1]


Athanasius, the Archbishop of Ohrid, sought to end Ottoman rule and contacted the Venetians, meeting with Angelo Basadonna, the provveditore of Corfu, in Butrint. The Venetians and Spanish refused to help.[2] In 1596, a source stated that there were 10,000 fighters in red costumes in Himara.[3] As he did not receive the aid he asked for, he travelled to Naples, where he was unsuccessful. He then visited the Pope in Rome, where he asked for aid in the organization of an uprising in Macedonia.[4]

Athanasius went back to Albania in the summer of 1596, and stayed in Himara. On August 23, 1596 he met with Albanian captains Michael Bua, Giovanni Golemi and Michael Papada. They each received a monthly pay of 50 ducats. They then went to Lecie to arm the Himariotes with 1,000 arquebuses, powder, lead, four drums and four royal banners (insegne del Re).[5] The Cypriot Hieronimo Combi discouraged Michael Bua and his companions.[6]


  1. Studii: revistă de istorie. 24. Editura Academiei Republicii Populare Romîne.. 1971. p. 419. "Andrei Pippidi a arătat că rascoala albanczilor din Himara (1596-1597) face parte dintr-o serie de mişcări de eliberare care se intind din Epir pină ia Sibenik, fiind conduse de arhiepiscopii de Ohrida, Ioachim, Gavriil şi Atanasie I. Rolul unui ..." 
  2. Alexandru Madgearu (2007). "The Wars of the Balkan Peninsula: Their Medieval Origins". Scarecrow Press. p. 96. ISBN 978-0810858466. "The Albanians tried several times between 1596 and 1614 to obtain the help of Venice or Spain to support liberation from the Ottoman yoke but without success" 
  3. Andromaqi Gjergji (2004). Albanian Costumes Through the Centuries: Origin, Types, Evolution. Acad. of Sciences of Albania, Inst. of Folc Culture. p. 21. ISBN 978-99943-614-4-1. 
  4. Jugoslovenski Istorijski Casopis. 1978. p. 210. 
  5. Peter Bartl (1974). Der Westbalkan zwischen spanischer Monarchie und osmanischem Reich: zur Türkenkriegsproblematik an der Wende vom 16. zum 17. In Kommission bei Otto Harrasowitz. ISBN 978-3-447-01553-0. "Athanasius scheint sich noch im Sommer 1596 nach Albanien zurückbegeben zu haben. Er hielt sich in der Himara auf. Dorthin begaben sich am 23. August 1596 die albanischen Kapitäne Michael Bua, Giovanni Golemi und Michael Papada. Sie erhielten jeder 50 Dukaten Sold monatlich. Sie fuhren zunächst nach Lecie (Lecce?), wo sie sich mit Kriegsmaterial für die Himarioten — 1 000 Arkebusen, Pulver, Blei, 4 Trommeln und 4 königlichen Bannern (insegne del Re) — ausrüsteten. Wie der venezianische Resident in Neapel berichtete, war er der „capo delle spie, che vanno de qui in Constantinopoli, et ch'e quello, per le mani del quale passano tutti i maneggi di Albania."10 Er muß sich dabei so unentbehrlich gemacht ..." 
  6. Albanische Forschungen. O. Harrassowitz.. 1974. p. 128. 

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