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Prčanj is a small town along the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro. According to the 2003 census, the town has a population of 1244 people.It is located 3 miles west of Kotor, opposite Dobrota and between the settlements of Muo and Stoliv. All its history has been written at sea. It was one of the most important maritime centers on southern Adriatic.HistorySince the fall of the Roman Empire the village of Perzagno (now Prčanj) was populated by Dalmatian Italians and was closely related to the nearby port of Cattaro (or Kotor).While under the rule of the Venetian Republic, Perzagno gained fame in a rather unique way. By the end of the sixteenth century the administration noticed that sailors from here were able to sail to Venice in less time than the government ships. As a result, it was then decided that the port be given the responsibility for the permanent mail service of the Republic. This was further established by a decree of 1625 that praises the inhabitants of the port for their conscientious and effective handling of the State mail. The decree was of tremendous significance for the town, as it freed its citizens from manual labor, a mandatory form of state service at that time. The decree officially made Perzagno a naval town, and its duties to the State were henceforth of an exclusively maritime nature.The importance of reliable mail service was of tremendous value to the Venetian Republic. Perzagno became the port from which the mail from Istanbul, which arrived over land through Montenegro, continued seaborne towards Venice. The town's ships were initially small in size, with crews of only nine men. The ships were ready to sail year round and would negotiate the 400 mile journey to Venice by oar and sail.
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