Broadsheet depicting the Venetian fleet blockading the Dardanelles
By Anonymous, 1646
Li Dardanelli doue si Ritroua parte dell’Armata Vene[t]ia 1646
- Author: Anonymous
- Publication place: Venice
- Publisher: Anonymous
- Publication date: 1646.
- Physical description: Engraved map, good condition.
- Dimensions: 343 by 495mm. (13.5 by 19.5 inches).
- Inventory reference: 11368
This plate appears to depict a Venetian fleet blockading the mouth of the Dardanelles, in an attempt to win control of the sea, and cut the Turkish army from its supply routes. It may relate to the naval victory of 1646, when a Venetian squadron defeated a Turkish force off the Negroponte, but it was only later that the Venetians formulated a plan to blockade the Dardanelles.
The first recorded attempt was made by Luigi Leonardo Mocenigo in 1654; the strategy miscarried; while able to raid the coastal regions (as depicted in this map), the Venetians were unable to defeat the Turks in battle and were forced to abandon the attempt. Subsequent attempts, in 1655, 1656 and 1657, while militarily more successful, also failed to disrupt supplies.