Gjon Kastrioti

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Gjon Kastrioti
Lord of the part of Albania
(Latin: dominus partium Albanie)[1]
1407–1437
Spouse Vojsava Tripalda

Issue

1385–1407: Ottoman vassal
1407–1410: Venetian ally
1415–1417: Ottoman vassal
1419–1426: ally of Stefan Lazarević, despot of Serbian Despotate
until 1437: Ottoman vassal
Noble family Kastrioti
Father Pal Kastrioti
Born Debar[2]
Died 4 May 1437
Buried Serbian Orthodox monastery Hilandar in Mount Athos[3][4]

Gjon Kastrioti or John Castriot[a] (13?? – 4 May 1437[5]) was an Albanian nobleman, member of the Kastrioti family, and the father of Skanderbeg. He governed the territory between Cape of Rodon and Debar and had at his disposal an army of 2,000 horsemen.[6] His different titles used in sources include Lord of Emathia and Vumenestia or simply Lord of Mat. In Venetian sources he was also referred to as "dominum in Albania" (English: lord in Albania).[7]

Family[edit]

Gjon Kastrioti was born in Debar.[8][not in citation given][better source needed] Gjon's father was nobleman Pal Kastrioti, who held two villages as "segnior de Signa et de Gardi-ipostesi".[9][10] These two villages were located on the mountain of Qidhna northwest of Debar.[11] Gjon Kastrioti managed to expand the territory of Kastrioti's domain consisting of a couple of villages in the region of Debar by capturing the region of Mat.[12]

Gjon married Vojsava Tripalda[13] from Lower Polog (area around present day Tetovo,[citation needed] Macedonia) and had nine children with her: four sons and five daughters. The sons' names were Stanisha, Reposh, Kostandin, and George (Skanderbeg) and the daughters' names were Mara, Jelena, Angjelina, Vlajka and Mamica. The oldest daughter of Gjon Kastrioti, Maria Kastrioti, also called Mamica, married Muzakë Topia. Gjon Kastrioti was also the name of the grandson through George Kastrioti.

Life[edit]

Like other noblemen from Albania, Gjon also became Ottoman vassal after 1385.[14] In 1402 together with other Ottoman vassals from Albania he supported Bayezid I in the Battle of Ankara.[15] Gjon Kastrioti was one of the nobleman who were guarantors for Balša III and Jelena Balšić in the treaty they concluded with Venetians on 6 June 1408 during the First Scutari War.[16] At the beginning of 1412 Venetians offered 1,000 ducats of yearly provisions to Gjon Kastriot (and to Đurašević brothers) to switch sides and leave Balsha III but they refused.[17]

Kastrioti accepted the suzerainty and was made a citizen of Venice in 1413, along with his inheritors.[18][19] Kastrioti maintained good relations with Venice after becoming an Ottoman vassal between 1415 and 1417, and was not likely to endanger the relations by seizing the Cape from Venice.[19] The Venetians tried to bribe Kastriotis and Dukagjinis to fight against the Zeta in 1419, but it seems without success.[19]

Map of operations in 1421–1423 war between Serbian Despotate and Venice

In the period 1419–1426 Gjon was an ally of Serbian Despot Stefan Lazarević, who was also an Ottoman vassal. Lazarević had been ceded Lordship of Zeta from Balša III in 1421, but the Venetians did not recognize him, holding on to the occupied Zetan coast and Bojana, including Drivast.[20] In August 1421, Lazarević led armies into Zeta and took Sveti Srdj, Drivast and Bar; the Venetians concluded a truce and now held only the towns of Skadar, Ulcinj and Budva; when Lazarević demanded the surrender of these towns, Venice refused and war resumed.[20] A number of Gjon Kastrioti's Albanians led by one of his sons joined Lazarević immediately upon the arrival of the latter in Zeta.[21][22] According to Fan Noli it was Stanisha who was sent by his father, together with auxiliary forces, to help Serbian despot to capture Scutari from Venetians.[23] Lazarević besieged Scutari, probably in June 1422, and for a year, it seemed that Venice would have lost their possessions, however, supported by some local Albanians, Venice managed to break the siege in December 1422.[24] In January 1423, Venice bribed and won over the Pamaliots on Bojana, and then bought over several tribal leader in or near Zeta: the Paštrovići, Gjon Kastrioti (who had extended to the outskirts of Alessio), the Dukagjins, and Koja Zaharija.[24] Though none of these were mobilized militarly by Venice, they left the ranks of Lazarević's army, thus became a potential danger to Lazarević.[24] Although Venetian admiral Francesco Bembo offered money to Kastrioti, Dukagjins and to Koja Zaharija in April 1423 to join the Venetian forces against Serbian Despotate (offering 300 ducats to Gjon Kastrioti), they refused.[25]

From time to time one or more of Gjon's sons were sent as a hostages to Ottoman court. In 1428 Gjon Kastrioti had to seek forgiveness from the Venetian Senate because of Skanderbeg's participation in Ottoman military campaigns against the Christians.[26]

In attempt to relieve Ottoman pressure during the Siege of Thessalonica Venice inspired Gjon to rebel against Ottomans in 1428. In August 1428 sent his envoys, priest Dimitrije and lord Murat, to present to Venetians the letters written by sultan during past five years (since Venetians captured Thessalonica in 1423). By those letters sultan sent orders to Gjon to attack Venetian possessions in Albania. Since he refused to cooperate with Ottomans Gjon begged Venetians to provide him with a safe conduct if Ottomans would attack him.[27] In April 1430, after Ottomans captured Thessalonica, they captured most of Gjon's land. Ottoman forces were led by Isak-Beg who was a sanjakbey of the Sanjak of Skopje. He positioned Ottoman garrison in two Gjon's castles and destroyed rest of them. Isak-Beg allowed Gjon to govern a very small part of the territory because Ottomans held Gjon responsible only for disobedience, not for the treason.[28] Gjon Kastrioti joined an unsuccessful uprising against the Ottoman Empire led by Gjergj Arianiti between 1432 and 1436 and was again defeated by the Ottoman forces of Isak-Beg.

Gjon died in on 4 May 1437.[5] The territory previously controlled by Gjon Kastrioti was annexed by the Ottomans and listed in their registers as land of Yuvan-ili (Yuvan was Gjon's name on Turkish language).[29] Until 1438 a part of Gjon Kastrioti's estates comprising nine villages was awarded to Skanderbeg as his timar and in May 1438 those nine villages had been awarded to André Karlo.[30] The granting of these villages to André Karlo must have upset Skanderbeg[31] who requested to be granted with control over the zeamet in Misia consisting of his father's former domain.[32] Sanjakbey (probably of the Sanjak of Ohrid) objected Skanderbeg's request.[33]

Administration[edit]

Some of Gjon's subordinates held the title of kephale as it was used in many regions of Albania at that time (like in Valona and Kanine).[34] In the court of Gjon Kastriot there was also a position of čelnik.[35] Gjon's chelniks had the same or similar duties like those of Stefan Lazarević or Đurađ Branković being responsible for judiciary and civil affairs.[36]

Collecting the custom duties from Ragusan traders, exporting the grain and trading with salt was important source of income of Gjon Kastrioti.

Venetian Republic attempted to introduce its own units of measure on marketplaces in Scutari, Durazo and Alessio since the beginning of 1410. This intention caused confusion which was a reason for Gjon Kastriot to complain through his envoys in Venice. In January 1410 Venetians accepted Gjon's demands to measure grain and other products exported by him the way they were previously measured.[37]

On 25 February 1420 Gjon Kastriot wrote a letter in the Serbian language to merchants from Ragusa (Dubrovnik). Based on the order of the despot of Serbia, when they would travel from Ragusa to Prizren they had to use the route through Shkodër in Albania Veneta and the Kastriot's land instead of the previous route through the land under control of the small feudal lords and highland tribes of Montenegro.[38] With that letter Gjon informed merchants from Dubrovnik that they were granted safe conduct when passing through regions under his control, on their way from Šufadaj to Prizren.[39] In March 1422 Gjon asked Venice to allow Ragusan traders to travel to his territory in Sufaday through Alessio instead of Scutari, which was allowed starting from August.[40]

After the death of Balša in 1421 Venetians promised to allow Kastrioti to collect salt produced in Durres. Because of the reduced production Venice did not respect its promise. Gjon tried to avoid the monopoly of Venetian Republic and built his own salt evaporation ponds. In 1424 Venetians forced him to destroy all of them because they noticed some of their convoys directed to collect salt in Durres never appeared there. At the beginning of the 15th century Šufaday (important former marketplace on the Adriatic sea, near Lezhë) was a possession of Jonima family and in 1428 it was under Gjon's control.[41] At that time region of Šufadaj was rich with forests and the wood was transported through its port to Ragusa.[42] Оn 17 August 1428 Gjon complained through his representatives in Venice because he was not allowed to collect salt in Durres.[43]

Religion[edit]

His religion was directly influenced by the international balance of political powers. It is believed that a popular saying in southern Albania "Where the sword is, there lies religion" (Albanian: Ku është shpata, është feja) have originated from Gjon Kastrioti.[44] When he was an ally of Venice, in period 1407–1410, he was Roman Catholic. After he allied himself with Stefan Lazarević, despot of Serbian Despotate in period 1419–1426, he converted to Orthodoxy, and in 1431 he was converted to Islam because of he was a vassal of the Ottoman Empire.[45]

In 1426 he donated the right to the proceeds from taxes collected from the two villages (Rostuša and Trebište in Macedonia) and from the church of Saint Mary, which was in one of them, to the Serbian Orthodox Monastery of Hilandar in Mount Athos where his son Reposh retired and died in 25 July 1431. Afterwards, in period between 1426 and 1431,[46] Gjon Kastrioti and his sons, with the exception of Stanisha, purchased four adelphates (rights to reside on monastic territory and receive subsidies from monastic resources) to the Saint George tower and to some property within the monastery. In his honor the Saint George tower of Monastery of Hilandar was known as the Albanian tower (Serbian: Arbanaški pirg).[47][48][49]

According to Noli, he died Roman Catholic.[50] According to the archives of the Hilandar monastery on Mount Athos, he took monastic vows there and received the name Joachim, becoming an Orthodox monk, where he died.[51]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In the documentary acts of the time, Scanderbeg's father is variously called Juanum, Johanni, Ivanus, Ivani,[52] Iohannes, Janus, Iouan, Ioannis, Yuan, Ivan, Yuvan, etc.[53] Gjon Muzaka – or Giovanni Musachi, in his Breve memoria de li discendenti de nostra casa Musachi, written in Italian, calls him Giovanni. Giovanni is also used by Demetrio Franco. Barleti, who wrote in Latin, calls him Iohannes. In the few acts of his own chancellery, his name results Ivan or Ivanъ. It is possible that these acts were written by Ninac Vukosalić.[54][55] Besides the acts in Slavonic, Ivan is used by some Byzantine chroniclers, like Laonicus Chalcocondyles[56] and many works written by the contemporary scholars. Also, interesting is a testimony from Frang Bardhi, who lived and wrote two centuries after Gjon Kastrioti's time: In his Apology, he writes about two "heroes" of his own time from the Kastrati family, one Muslim called Isuf bey, and the other Gjon "i.e. in Latin Iohannis Kastrati".[57] This same author, knowing the difference Gjon/Iohannis, specifically calls Skanderbeg's father by his Latin name.

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  15. ^ Fine 1994, p. 422: "Albanian vassals of the Ottomans — Koja Zakarija, Demetrius Jonima, John Castriot, and probably Tanush Major Dukagjin"
  16. ^ M. Bešić, Zarij (1970), Istorija Crne Gore / 2. Crna gora u doba oblasnih gospodara. (in Serbian), Titograd: Redakcija za istoiju Crne Gore, p. 95, OCLC 175122851, Јелена и Балша III...су 6. маја 1408.год. овластили у свом двору у Бериславићима (сјеверно од Ска- дарског језера) Никиту Топију да се с њим споразумије. Удво-;стручили су број јемаца, додајући им Ивана Кастриота, ... Никита Топијасастао се с драчким бајилом 6. јуна 1408. год....И ту је постигнут нови споразум 
  17. ^ M. Bešić, Zarij (1970), Istorija Crne Gore / 2. Crna gora u doba oblasnih gospodara. (in Serbian), Titograd: Redakcija za istoiju Crne Gore, p. 105, OCLC 175122851, Млечани су и н>има и Ивану Кастриоту узалуд нудили годишње провизије — до 1.000 дукатаза сву тројицу. 
  18. ^ Melchior Vogüé (marquis de), Charles Henri Auguste Schefer, Revue de l'Orient latin, Culture et Civilisation, 1964, volume 4, p. 528
  19. ^ a b c Fine 1994, p. 515 "John Castriot ... had accepted Venetian suzerainty and citizenship in 1413"
  20. ^ a b Fine 1994, p. 516
  21. ^ Ćorović 2001: "Уз Стевана се борило и нешто Арбанаса Ивана Кастриота, који је пришао деспоту одмах по доласку овог у Зету."
  22. ^ Vujović, Dimitrije; Risto Dragićević, Nikola Đakonović, Milinko Đurović, Mirčeta Đurović, Pavle Mijović, Đoko Pejović, Vlado Strugar (1970), Milinko Đurović, ed., Istorija Crne Gore [History of Montenegro] (in Serbian) II, Titograd: Naučno Delo, p. 143, OCLC 633018773, У деспотовој војсци налазили су се и одреди Ивана Кастриота, који је тада имао посједе око Љеша, и то под командом једног од његових синова.... 
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  25. ^ Vujović, Dimitrije; Risto Dragićević, Nikola Đakonović, Milinko Đurović, Mirčeta Đurović, Pavle Mijović, Đoko Pejović, Vlado Strugar (1970), Milinko Đurović, ed., Istorija Crne Gore [History of Montenegro] (in Serbian) II, Titograd: Naučno Delo, p. 144, OCLC 633018773, Франћеско Бембо је настојао да привучена млетачку страну најистакнутије арбанаске господаре. Ивану Кастриоту је нудио 300, Који Закарији 200, а двојици Дукађина по сто дуката....Ни он ту није ништа учинио... 
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  27. ^ M. Bešić, Zarij (1970), Istorija Crne Gore / 2. Crna gora u doba oblasnih gospodara. (in Serbian), Titograd: Redakcija za istoiju Crne Gore, p. 156, OCLC 175122851, Иван Кастриот је одбијао сарадњу с Турцима, ... Иванови посланици поп Димитрије и властелин Мурат излагали су Сињорији, у августу 1428. год., да је султан, откако су Млечани узели Солун (1423), позивао њиховог господара да нападне млетачкепосједе у Албанији. Показивали су и султанова писма. Како јеон одбијао турске позиве, молио је да га Млечани прихвате ако га Турци нападну. 
  28. ^ M. Bešić, Zarij (1970), Istorija Crne Gore / 2. Crna gora u doba oblasnih gospodara. (in Serbian), Titograd: Redakcija za istoiju Crne Gore, p. 158, OCLC 175122851, Исхак је најприје одузео Ивану Кастриоту већи дио земље, увео у његове двије тврђаве турскепосаде а остале порушио. Мањи дио посједа му је оставио, јер ганије кажњавао због издаје него због непокорности 
  29. ^ İnalcık 1995, p. 77

    Ces neuf villages, toujours selon le registre en question, étaient situés dans les terres de Jean (Yuvan-ili), c'est-à-dire qu'ils appartenaient aux domaines de Jean Kastriote, le père de Skanderbeg. (These nine villages, according to the register in question, were located in the land of John (Yuvan-ili), that is to say they were part of John Kastrioti's property.)

  30. ^ İnalcık 1995, p. 77

    La note en question, datée 1438, ne laisse subsister aucun doute que c'est autour de cette date que ces terres avaient été cadastrées. Les neuf villages en question, compte tenu qu'ils se trouvaient sur le Registre de Yuvan-ili (Jean Kastriote), sont du domaine du père de Skanderbeg. L'octroi de ces villages à André Karlo doit avoir fâché Skanderbeg. Quoique l'Etat ottoman considérât ces terres des domaines d'Etat attribuables en timar, pour Skanderbeg il s'agissait des domaines seigneuriaux de son père. (The note, dated 1438, leaves no doubt that it is around this date that the land had been surveyed and registered. As the nine villages were listed on the Register of Yuvan-ili (John Kastrioti), they were definitely part of Skanderbeg's father's land. The granting of these villages to André Karlo must have upset Skanderbeg. Although the Ottoman state regarded these as areas of state land as Skanderbeg's Timar holding, these were in fact the fiefs of his father.)

  31. ^ İnalcık 1995, p. 77

    L'octroi de ces villages à André Karlo doit avoir fâché Skanderbeg.

  32. ^ Gibb, Hamilton Alexander Rosskeen; Johannes Hendrik Kramers, Bernard Lewis, Charles Pellat, Joseph Schacht (1954), The Encyclopaedia of Islam 4, Brill, p. 139, In the same year nine villages of his in Yuvan-eii were made over to Andre Karlo (ibid., no. 335). His father's centre ol Mus (Mysja) was made a xi'amet, and Isken- der asked for it to be granted to himself (Topkapi Sarayi Archives 
  33. ^ Alexander Rosskeen Gibb, Sir Hamilton; Johannes Hendrik Kramers, Bernard Lewis, Charles Pellat, Joseph Schacht (1954), The Encyclopaedia of Islam 4, Brill, p. 139, ...but sanjakbegi (? of Ohrid) objected to the granting of this important... 
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  38. ^ Jireček, Konstantin (1952). Politička istorija Srba (Political history of Serbs) (in Serbian). Belgrade: Naučna Knjiga. p. 335. Retrieved 14 December 2014. Забрани деспот дубровчанима да иду тим путем, и нагна их да путују кроз млетачку скадарску област и кроз земљу Ивана Кастриота... Види српско писмо Ивана Кастриота од 25. фебруара 1420 за дубровачке трговце кроз његову земљу за Призрен (Despot forbid to Dubrovnik merchants to use that way, and ordered them to travel through Venetian area in Scutari and through land of Ivan Kastriot.... See serbian letter to merchants from Dubrovnik traveling through his land to Prizren, written by Ivan Kastriot on February 25, 1420. 
  39. ^ Archiv für slavische Philologie (in German) 21, Weidmann, 1899, p. 95, 1420, 25. Februar. Geleitsbrief des Herrn Ivan (Kastriota) und seiner Sühne filr die Kaufleute von Ragusa auf dem Wege durch sein Land von Sufadaja (bei Alessio) nach Prizren, nebst Bestimmungen Uber die Zölle. 
  40. ^ Istorisko društvo Narodne Republike Crne Gore; Istoriski institut Narodne Republike Crne Gore.; Istorijski institut SR Crne Gore u Titogradu.; Društvo istoričara SR Crne Gore.; Istorijski institut Republike Crne Gore.; Društvo istoričara Republike Crne Gore.; Društvo istoričara Crne Gore. (1993), Istoriski zapisi [Historical records] (in Serbian) 66, Cetinje, p. 35, OCLC 5227190, Иван Кастриот ]е од Снн‚ори]е тражио да дубровачкн комерсанти уместо да прелазе копном пут од Скадра могу да се искрца]у у. ТЬешу и да преко млетачке тернторн]е долазе на тьегово подруч]е, т]. у Шуфада]; та] захтев ]е остварен августа 
  41. ^ Detelić, Mirjana (2007), Dušan T. Bataković, ed., Epski gradovi, leksikon [Epic cities, a lexicon] (in Serbian), Belgrade: Balkanološki institut SANU, p. 253, ISBN 9788671790406, OCLC 298613010, U blizini Lješa postojalo je trgovište Šufadaj ili Sufade čiji položaj danas nije moguće tačno utvrditi. Taj strateški važan trg blizu mora (budući daje bio dostupan brodovima) Venecija nije kontrolisala, iako je držala zemljišni pojas od Skadra do Lješa, uz Dračsa okolinom. Šufadaj je početkom XV v. bio u vlasti porodice Jonima, a 1428. u vlasti Jovana Kastriota 
  42. ^ Povijesno društvo Hrvatske, Društvo za hrvatsku povjesnicu (1984), Historijski zbornik (in Croatian) 37, Zagreb: Nakladni zavod Hrvatske, p. 68, Očigledno je da su tada Šufalaj i rt Rodoni kraj Drača raspolagali ne samo bogatim šumskim kompleksima nego i začecima brodogradnje... kao stanice za izvoz hrastovog drveta u pravcu Dubrovnika. 
  43. ^ Balkanološki institut (1972), Balkanika : godišnjak Instituta za Balkanologiju [Balcanica : annual of the Institute for Balkan Studies] (in Serbian) III, Belgrade: Serbian Academy of Science and Arts, p. 258, OCLC 212380606 
  44. ^ Licursi, Emiddio Pietro (2011), Empire of Nations: The Consolidation of Albanian and Turkish National Identities in theLate Ottoman Empire, 1878 – 1913, New York: Columbia University, p. 22, A popular saying in southern Albanian is said to have originated fromSkanderbeg’s father, Gjon Kastrioti, “Ku është shpata, është feja.” (Where the sword is, there lies religion). 
  45. ^ Egro, Dritan (2010), Oliver Jens Schmitt, ed., Religion und Kultur im albanischsprachigen Südosteuropa 4, Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, p. 20, ISBN 978-3-631-60295-9, Gjon Kastrioti...was a Roman Catholic from 1407 to 1410, as an ally of Venice ... he converted to Orthodoxy from 1419 to 1426, accepting the alliance of Stephen Lazarevic of Serbia ... From 1431 to 1438 he was converted into Islam, because politically he was a vassal of the Ottomans 
  46. ^ Sindik, Dušan (1990), "Dve povelje u Hilandaru o Ivanu Kastriotu i sinovima", Stanovništvo slovenskog porijekla u Albaniji : zbornik radova sa međunarodnog naučnog skupa održanog u Cetinju 21, 22. i 23. juna 1990 (in Serbian), Titograd: Istorijski institut SR Crne Gore ; Stručna knj., OCLC 29549273, Повеља није датирана... Стога ће бити најбоље да се за датум издавања ове повеље задржи временски оквир између 1426. и 1431. године.... This act was not dated....Therefore it is best to assume that it was issued in period between 1426 and 1431. 
  47. ^ Frashëri, Kristo (1962), George Kastrioti-Scanderbeg: the national hero of the Albanians (1405–1468), s.n., pp. 86–92, OCLC 1339175 
  48. ^ Anamali, Skënder (2002), Historia e popullit shqiptar në katër vëllime (in Albanian) I, Botimet Toena, p. 342, OCLC 52411919 
  49. ^ Slijepčević, Đoko M. (1983). Srpsko-arbanaški odnosi kroz vekove sa posebnim osvrtom na novije vreme (in Serbian). Himelstir. p. 45. Retrieved 14 December 2014. Заједно са синовима Константином, Репошем и Ђурђем приложио је Иван Кастриот манастиру Хиландару село Радосуше са црквом св. Богородице и село Требиште....Због тога је и пирг св. Ђорђа прозван »арбанашки пирг». Репош је умро у манастиру Хиландару 25. јула 1431. године и ту је сахрањен. (Together with his sons Konstantin, Repoš and Đurađ, Ivan Kastriot donated village Radosuše with church of saint Mary and village Trebište to the monastery Hilandar... Therefore the tower of Saint George was named "Albanian tower". Repoš died in Hilandar on July 25, 1431 and he was buried there. 
  50. ^ Noli 1989, pp. 244-245
  51. ^ Mount Athos, Wallachian princes (Voyvodes), John Kastriotis, and the Albanian tower, a dependency of Hilandar Bojović Boško (2006), Balcanica, 2006 Volume, Issue 37, Pages: 81-87. doi:10.2298/BALC0637081B. Full text in French, Abstract in English
  52. ^ Ljubić, Šime (1868–1891), Listine o odnošajih izmedju južnoga slaventsva i mletačke republike (Documents about the relations of South Slavs and Venetian Republic), XXV X, Zagreb, pp. 44, 133, 134, OCLC 68872994 
  53. ^ Thalloczy & Jireček, Zwei Urkunden, 146.
  54. ^ Korablev, Actes, II, 561, 562
  55. ^ Petković, Arbanaški Pirg, 196-197
  56. ^ Historiarum Libri Decem, II, 23-25, 119, 123, 192, etc.
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