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Genoa During the Renaissance

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on 22 October 2012

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Genoa Economy During the middle ages, Genoa was a rival power to the eastern Italian trading ports of Venice and Pisa. Genoa established commercial relation with Spain and Portugal and was considered one of Italy's greatest mercantile powers. Genoa was an important sea port. In the late 15th century Genoa began looking west for better trading opportunities. Political Power was distributed between a handful of noble families that oversaw commercial and trading activities. This form of government failed due to fighting between the nobles. Economic and population collapse caused Genoa to adapt Venetian government. Republican Government. Art The artistic and architectural height of renaissance attracted artists like Van dyck, Rubens and Carvaggio. Their work is still in Genoa museums today. The 16th century was the golden age in genoa. Possible by financial stability afforded to Genoa by rulers. Military There was a long running animosity between Genoa and Venice which brought on a battle. Genoa; the winner, developed greatly. Genoa almost subdued Venice but in the end Venice took control of the Adriatic. Intellectual Most of the major Renaissance figures didn't actively defy the church but they began to put emphasis on the other aspects of life other than just religion. In the 17th century the scientific revolution - also known as the Enlightenment -began. The philosophers believed that the human reason that discovered laws of science, could also discover the laws that governed social and political behavior. The Black Death The black death was imported into Europe from the black sea in Genoa. In 1656 - 57 the plague killed as many as half the people in Genoa. THE END By: Katie, Toni, and Elsa
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