About Vito Marija Josip Bettera-Vodopić
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Vito Marija Bettera-Vodopić was born in Dubrovnik, Republic of Ragusa in 1771 and died in Mukacheve, Austria-Hungary, now Ukraine, in 1841. He was the son of Baro Bettera, the poet, and a nephew of the Ston nobleman Petar Bettera. Vito mother was member of the Vodopic family, whose surname Vido occasionally used.
Between 1793 and 1797 he was an officer in the Russian Army, and in 1801 he engaged in the mercantile business in Sevastopol (Chersonesus). The turn of the century was particularly important for Ragusan maritime commerce and its emergence on the Black Sea market,he received his Count title on 13 April 1798 and it was then that Bettera was awarded his noble title. From 1803 on, he worked for a Schuller banking firm in Vienna, in which the Republic of Ragusa had its capital deposited. In the years of crisis involving the occupation of the Republic, he resumed his service in the Russian military.
Bettera dedicated his last years to political writings and the struggle for the reestablishment of the Republic. For his counter-Austrian activity in London in 1816, he was denounced as one of the most dangerous Dubrovnik republicans and was eventually arrested in Amsterdam in 1824. Although never convicted, this political dreamer spent the rest of his life in Austrian imprisonment in Mukacheve, Ukraine, where he died in 1841.
Bettera entitled one of his political pamphlets, Memoires sur une époque de ma vie ou appel aux hommes dhonneur et en particulier à ceux de Empire Vienne par Vite Marie de Bettera ,Wodopich, gentilhomme ragusain 1816.