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An Italian trading city on the Ariatic Sea, agreed to help the Byzantines' effort to regain the lands in return for trading privileges in Constantinople.
An outbreak of bubonic plague that spread across Asia, North Africa, and Europe in the mid-fourteenth century killing millions.
(1254-1324) Italian trader, he traveled to China and later wrote about his trip. During his time in China he served as a government official in Kublai Khan's court
Some of the the most important Renaissance city-states in central Italy that included Rome and were ruled by the Pope.
Cosimo de' Medici
By 1434 he became ruler of Florence, the signore of the family that ruled Florence for generations.
Meaning "rebirth," it refers to the period that followed Europe's "Dark Ages" or Middle Ages.
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