Ancient Europe's Impact On The Development Of Ancient Venice

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Ancient Venice was a significant trade city between 200 bce -1450 ce that had many impacts on its surroundings. It made contributions to other countries in the Mediterranean along with being influenced by them. Venice was impacted mainly economically, politically, and culturally by other countries. This allowed the spread of many things like goods, ideas, customs, etc. For instance, since Venice was well known for its Textile industry during that time it was still influenced by the Silk Road spreading different spices. The Silk Road spread to Venice in 1221 and began to trade with the Mongol Empire( Venice,4). The Mongols had a very powerful military and form of government because of this it was more efficient to trade with a trade city like Venice. An aspect that should be questioned about Ancient Venice is, how has politics, culture, and economics influenced its development to become one of the most important trade cities in the Mediterranean? In Venice, politics shaped the development of the city because it expanded and structured the city. It did this by forming a strong government that would control the economy of the city along with the people who live in it. People started to settle in Venice around the 5th and 6th century due to escaping barbaric invasions. This settlement leads to the increase of population, thus allowing for Venice to officially become a city. Venice then became a part of the Byzantine Empire, but still kept some of its independence. Meaning

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