Angelo Emo

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Angelo Emo
Angelo Emo Capodilista.jpg
Born 3 January 1731
Died 3 March 1792
La Valletta (aged 62)
Allegiance Republic of Venice Republic of Venice (?-1792)
Service/branch Republic of Venice Venetian Navy
Rank Admiral
Battles/wars Venetian bombardments of the Beylik of Tunis (1784-88)

Angelo Emo (3 January 1731 – 3 March 1792) was a Venetian noble and admiral, mostly known for being the last Grand Admiral of the Republic of Venice. He attempted to introduce reforms based on the practices of the British Royal Navy, and led raids on Moorish targets along the Barbary Coast in retaliation for corsair attacks on Venetian-flagged shipping.


Emo, who was born in Venice, was assigned to hunt down the Barbary pirates in the Mediterranean sea. In 1784 he sailed on board the ship Fama in command of twenty-four vessels. The siege of Tunis happened in 1785, and although Emo did not succeed in capturing Tunis, he reduced the Bey to terms and received thanks from Louis XVI of France.[1]

Admiral Angelo Emo died at Malta in 1792.

Bust of Angelo Emo, by Pietro Zandomeneghi (1862-1863)


  • LaVert, Octavia (1857). Souvenirs of Travel. New York: Mobile.
  • Miller, William (1903). "The Ionian Islands under Venetian Rule." The English Historical Review. 18:70.


  1. ^ Horatio Forbes Brown, The Venetian Republic, pg. 182, BiblioLife (2009), ISBN 1-116-18412-5

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