From 1669 to 1714 there was a profound reversal in the Mediterranean policy of
the Serenissima, from the loss of Candia to the occupation of the kingdom
of Morea up to the defence of Corfù . These were the years in
which Venice questioned itself regarding possible errors it may have committed
in its century-long rule of its Greek subjects. It eventually came up with
solutions to re-establish the maritime dominion on a sounder foundation.
The Venetian maritime dominion was not simply made up of defensive ramparts and military outposts needed for the protection of commerce, or the
defence of what remained of past glories. The relationship between Venetians
and locals had aroused reaction and resistance, but also encouraged bonds of
loyalty, family ties, and economic and cultural relationships. This
long-established everyday routine radically modified the habits of governors
and subjects, and influenced, in a new and original way, methods of organising
society, running its economy, and administering tax and justice systems.
Venetian Provveditori and sea captains , feudal lords
and peasants alike were all subjects in this closely-knit system.