Hawaii vacations packages all inclusive on When his father Giovanni died, de' Medici inherited profitable interests in cloth, agriculture, banking, and a political legacy that had popular appeal. This popular appeal is generally attributed to two characteristics: First, to his relatively amiable and humble public demeanor, and second, to a restructuring of the Florentine tax system that shifted the burden from commoners to the wealthy, including himself. De' Medici was able to project himself as an advocate of democracy, while restricting the eligibility of candidates for public office to his clique. This power enabled him, working behind the scenes, to adjust the tax levy on his actual or potential enemies, to either bankrupt them, or to bring them under his direct control by extending loans to them.
This monopolization of finance was leveraged to keep Florence, a city of 100, 000 people without any defensive walls, safe and prosperous in the middle of a regional power struggle pitting Venice, Milan, the Pope, SPAIN, FRANCE, and assorted mercenaries.
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Although not an intellectual, he had been educated in the style of the noble merchants of Florence. He was introduced to classical literature, had traveled extensively, and became acquainted with the emerging humanists of the era.
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