International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The projects of Nikollë Mekajshi Presented to the European Chancelleries for the Liberation of Albania, 1601-1610
Luan Tetaj, PhD

In 1600 NikollëMekajshi had gone to Rome, which was a holy year and filled with festivities. He could not leave without taking advantage of this opportunity and presenting his Project to the Pope’s court. The bishop of Stefania had presented to the cardinal San Giorgio the reigning situation in Albania so as to incite a venture against the Ottoman reign. The situation was similar in the other regions of the Balkans. The project of NikollëMekajshi was not taken into consideration, however he continued his work to advance his project on liberating Albania, whereby he presented it to various other European princes. The bishop of Stefania, NikollëMekajshi, presented his report of liberating Albania to the Pope. After numerous unsuccessful attempts to gain support in the court of Venice, NikollëMekajshi from the region of Dukagjin, presents a letter to the king of Spain, where he informs the king about the suitable conditions to wage war against the Ottomans, and he does so by present a plan of action. On July 15th 1610, saddened and disappointed from the negligence and the lack of support from the king of Spain to support the project for liberating the country, NikollëMekajshi contacts the Pope, whereby he presents his project on liberating Albania to the cardinal Borgese.

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