Petar Katena, Merchant from Kotor (XIV Century) Cover Image

Петар Катена, которски трговац (14. век)
Petar Katena, Merchant from Kotor (XIV Century)

Author(s): Marica Malović-Đukić
Subject(s): History
Published by: Istorijski institut, Beograd
Keywords: Kotor; Dubrovnik; Serbia; commerce; church; ship; salt; metals; silver

Summary/Abstract: According to the archivistic material, both published and unpublished, originated in the Archives of Kotor and Dubrovnik, as well as the literary works, the life and work of Petar Katena was portrayed, serving as an example of the man of affairs, typical of the maritime region in the late Middle Ages. We made notice of his entering the scene of the business and public life in Kotor; successful in managing his credit affairs with his compatriots and his nearest neighbors (inhabitants of Dubrovnik, Ulcinj, Skadar and Drač), as well as with merchants coming from Florence and other Italian towns (Florence, Osimo); simultaneous investment of the gained capital into the expanded commercial and credit affairs as well as into the real property (houses and lands) in Kotor, Dubrovnik and Serbia; engagement in public office activities in Kotor (as a judge and an auditor) and in the church life likewise; his familiar circumstances and the state of property; the particularities of the relation between the community of Kotor and Petar Katena, its most prominent inhabitant (credit affairs). The economic and social activity of this outstanding merchant from Kotor has served as a basis for the research of the social and economic history of Kotor in the first half and in the middle of the XIVth century.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 58
  • Page Range: 79-91
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Serbian