The people and land of Paštrovići is mentioned for the first time in 1355, when Serbian emperor Dušan Silni sent his nobleman Nikolica Paštrović in diplomatic mission in Dubrovnik. The members were originally Christian Orthodox, but as a result of Catholisation, a Catholic minority exists.
Since that time, Paštrovići were regularly mentioned in documents of archives in Kotor, Dubrovnik, Zadar and Venice. During the First Scutari War they were under control of the related Đurašević family whose members held the most prestigious positions on the court of Balša III.
In 1423, the elected representatives of Paštrović community signed the treaty with Republic of Venice and became a part of Venetian state. In that treaty, Paštrovići were guaranteed the autonomy, and free trade within the borders of Venetian state, without paying the customs or any other taxes. In return, Paštrovići agreed to join the Venetian army, for fighting in the nearby counties of Skadar and Kotor.
The Ottoman census of 1582–83 registered the "vilayet of the Black Mountain" (vilayet-i Kara Dağ), part of the Sanjak of Scutari, as having the following nahiyah, with number of villages: Grbavci with 13 villages, Župa with 11, Malonšići with 7, Pješivci with 14, Cetinje with 16, Rijeka with 31, Crmnica with 11, Paštrovići with 36 and Grbalj with 9 villages; a total of 148 villages. In 1592–93 Derviš-beg Alić Sarvanović, the sanjak-bey of Montenegro, also held Paštrovići and Perast.
Paštrovići were the part of Republic of Venice until the fall of Venice in 1797.
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Notable members of the Pastrovici tribe
- St. Stefan Štiljanović, a prince
- Stjepan Mitrov Ljubiša, a writer
- Visarion Ljubiša, Metropolitan of Montenegro
- Rade Androvic, a national hero
- Fine 1994, p. 513
- Vasić, Milan (1991), "Etnički odnosi u jugoslovensko-albanskom graničnom području prema popisnom defteru sandžaka Skadar iz 1582/83. godine", Stanovništvo slovenskog porijekla u Albaniji : zbornik radova sa međunarodnog naučnog skupa održanog u Cetinju 21, 22. i 23. juna 1990 (in Serbo-Croatian), OCLC 29549273
- Đorđe V. Gregović - O Paštrovićima
- Fine, John Van Antwerp (1994), The Late Medieval Balkans: A Critical Survey from the Late Twelfth Century to the Ottoman Conquest, University of Michigan Press, ISBN 978-0-472-08260-5
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