On the strength of old commercial ties, a compromise could be reached with the pragmatic Ottomans who, unlike the Venetian, did not seek any changes in Dubrovnik's concept. With a tribute of 12500 Dukats, Dubrovnik bought herself freedom. Ragusa remained a free commercial city and consequently, an advantageous trade outlet for the Ottoman Empire (one can compare Dubrovnik's political situation at the time to the present-day Hong Kong). Venice power waned and Ragusa ultimately became the commercial gateway between the Orient and Western world.
Giornovichi (Ivan Mane Jarnovic), composer and man of the world, was born in 1745 in the Republica Ragusina. His enjoyment of life and sensitivity to nature is expressed in one of his violin concertos. His music also expresses the free spirit of the Republica Ragusina, wich came to an end in 1806.