Giacomo Foscarini was sent to Candia in 1574 with the assignment of
re-organising the Kingdom. He was given unprecedented authority, and filled an
extremely wide range of juridical positions- he was named not only
Provveditore Generale ,
but Mayor and Inquisitor as well. Foscarini was certainly one
of the most distinguished figures in Venetian political life c. 1520-1600. He
'partito dei vecchi' sympathiser with Spanish leanings, and a man
of conservative background and ideas, as evinced by his approach, when serving
as 'Provveditor sopra la fabbrica' ('Building Administrator'), to the
controversy regarding construction of the residence of the
Procurator and the Rialto bridge. His political career outside Venice was a series of
successes. He was
podestà of Rovigo and Verona, then Provveditore Generale in Dalmatia, and later, in 1572,
General Sea Captain .
During his assignment in
Candia he set forth very clear objectives, which included 'excellent laws,
grand orders, salutary statutes'1.
These took the form of vast agrarian reform based on increased wheat
cultivation and improved oil quality, which were to make Candia 'another
1 'ottime leggi, vastissimi ordini, saluberrimi statuti'