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Renaissance Florence

City-state Assignment

Brooke and Jenna

on 28 October 2012

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Florence Florence is located in central Italy, surrounded by many little towns. Florence was a very popular trade city in the renaissance during the 1300's to the 1500's. Worldviews Military Culture Florentines were very good bankers and business dealers. This meant that they got to meet more people from other societies and cultures. They also participated in trading and therefore, Florentines were exposed to new ideas and knowledge that eventually spread to the rest of western Europe. This affected their worldviews. Florence was the richest of the city-states. It was so wealthy, that at one point, it owned surrounding cities such as Lucca, Arezzo, and Livorno. This was how Florence extended thier power and control
over more and more of the region. Culture Famous Artists:
-Leonardo da Vinci
-Alessandro Botticelli Florence was very wealthy from the 1300's to the 1500's. The beautiful city was rich in economic development. Florentines created new tax systems and were also trusted bankers to the Pope.
Although trade was not their main source of income, Florence had many valuable resources and was a popular trading city. The climate was consistent, so trading was never interrupted. Florence was abundant in wool and silk, but wool was their main income. Florence was an ideal location for trade because the Arno river passed right through the city. This river made traveling much easier and brought in another valuable resource: fish!
The Northern Italian city-states, such as Florence, never accepted the concept of feudalism. As a result, Florence grew and flourished unlike the Northern European cities that embraced feudalism. When the Medici family controlled Florence, the city-state became a major centre of Renaissance culture.They supported artists, architects, and scholars. The city flourished with works of art, architectural marvels, and scholarly thought. Ideas of citizenship were promoted and those with wealth and power believed they had a responsibility to carry out positive civic works. Trade/Economy By: Jenna and Brooke Florence did not adopt Feudalism, but was self-governed. There were some very powerful and wealthy families that had great influence on the city-state. One of them was the Medici family. The Medici's ruled Florence almost continuously from 1434-1743. They had a great influence on architecture and arts. The Medici's commissioned many artists such as Botticelli and Michelangelo. Politics Although Florence was not a port city, sea trade still existed because the Arno river ran through the city. The Renaissance produced many artists. Florence became one of the most powerful city-states because of it's unique geography, resources and culture. Conclusion
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