17th CENTURY VENICE

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By: Paul Schroeder, Zack Kongdara, Owen Lass, Connor Robertson
-Venice a major city located off the shore of
the north side of Italy
-The surrounding waters is the Laguna
Veneta which also connects to the
Mediterranean Sea
http://europeanhistory.boisestate.edu/images/cityscapes/venice.jpg
-The island is connected to the mainland by
Ponte della Libertà (Freedom Bridge), which is
3.85 Kilometers long (not 17th century)
-In the 17th century to be able to get back to
mainland
-The city itself is heavily riddled with canals
passing through the island. The biggest canal
being the Grand Canal which sees a lot of
traffic
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/63/Venice_iko_2001092.jpg
-With the island containing this many canals
everyday life relied heavily on the use of
gondolas to quickly get through the city
-Some of the most important landmarks
include Basillica de San Marco, the Rialto
Bridge Piazza San Marco are a few to name.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/44/Gagarin_gondolas.JPG
-The theatre became a very popular after the
ban of all theatre ended in the 1600s
-After the ban it began with street performers
showing their plays for a small fees to nobles
which eventually turned public and many
theatres were created
-In addition to theatre music was another big
part of Venetian culture
-From the organs played at churches every
Sunday to the opera in the theatres music was
heard all around the city
-Even in orphanages the children were taught
to sing and play instruments so that one day
they could become a musician as a trade
-The government was a republic which is a form
of democracy
-All citizens were at the mercy of the
government
- The ruler was called the Doge and spoke for
the people
http://www.aasd.k12.wi.us/staff/hermansenjoel/apmuseum/ulnessrobillard/dogebanquet.jpg
-Doges came from wealthy families
-People picked the Doge through a long
processes where a large group of potential
leaders through voting was then reduced to a
final 41 which voted for the Doge
-During the 17th century, trade in Venice was
booming, for many reasons:
-They had control of most of the east coast of
Italy and were the only major trading city on
the east coast of Italy
-They had a major fleet of ships because they
had no need for land defence
http://www2.massgeneral.org/interpreters/b_ita.asp
-The main commerce of Venice was
exporting grain, wine, wood, salves from
mainland Italy, and salt from its surrounding
lagoons to the middle east and Asia, and taking
spices silks and textiles in return
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