By Slobodan Prosperov Novak
The saga of Palmižana, the Meneghello family and their court at Palmižana could well be broached with a forgotten but very aromatic little episode from the time of the Napoleonic wars when in 1807 the army physician Pierre Jerome Gaugiran, exhausted by his many battles, came to the town of Hvar. A year or two later, Napoleon was beaten, his army left the politically swollen Adriatic, and Hvar, on which Gaugiran had come to feel at ease, was taken over by the Habsburgs.  The Frenchman made a firm resolve to stay on the island, getting married and starting a family, and obtained a license to set up an apothecary’s shop.

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