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Business and Politics. By: Liam, Brandi, Mike D., Odera. Milan. Francesco Sforza Conquered Milan and became the new duke He became leader of a band of mercenaries Visconti and Sforza built a strong centralized state by creating an efficient tax system. Venice. Doge

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Business and politics

Business and Politics

By: Liam, Brandi, Mike D., Odera


  • Francesco Sforza

  • Conquered Milan and became the new duke

  • He became leader of a band of mercenaries

  • Visconti and Sforza built a strong centralized state by creating an efficient tax system


  • Doge

  • Small group of merchants- aristocrats

  • Became wealthy through trading

  • Ran the government on behalf of their own interests


  • Cosimo de' Medici

  • Took control of Florence

  • Florence was the banking center of Italy

  • Controlled the government using their wealth and personal influence

  • Lorenzo de' Medici

  • Dominated Florence when it was a cultural center of Italy


  • Florence experienced an economic decline during the late 1400s

  • Its economy was experienced on the manufacturing of cloth

  • The increasing competition from English and Flemish cloth makers brought down the profits




  • Florence started to become a wealthy city in spite of its inland location away from trade routes

  • Family fortunes were made in Florence in banking and industry

  • In the 14th century, Florence became the banking center of Italy

  • The Medici bank began opening branches in major cities of Europe during the 15th century

  • The banks loaned money, operated mines, mills, and other commercial activities

  • The Medici bank gained huge profits and used those profits to finance cultural and political activities

  • The Medici family grew rich from banking


  • As cities grew and prospered during the Renaissance, the rulers learned to tax the people

  • Trade started to increase between other states and countries

  • The trade in goods started to increase as well as the trade in ideas

  • The easiest way to trade goods was by using rivers


  • As a result of outside invasions declining after the collapse of the Roman Empire, rulers started to consolidate their power and concentrate on self preservation

  • That made it easier to accumulate wealth, and industry continued to grow

  • The cities started to grow rapidly as the majority of people started to shift from agricultural life to city life because the jobs were more plentiful

  • Because of the increase in the number of people, the taxes started to increase which meant there was more wealth to fund the expansion coming ahead


  • Religion started to be removed from politics because people saw the progress in culture as a natural event that did not relate to religion itself

  • Machiavelli said how the government and the process of running the government should be based on science and not religion

  • The debate on whether or not government and other factors should be based on religion started to occur during the Renaissance