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1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 355                                Venice

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 the supremacy of the Mediterranean and styling herself Queen of the Seas.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 In the 16th century her glory began to decline. The Portugese [sic] discovered a new route to India and their commerce increased to the detriment of Venice. Foreign states became jealous of her glory and formed leagues against her which lopped off one island after another and one Italian state after another until 1718 when it only had Venetia left and dropped out of public notice and in 1797 ceased to be an independent state having left only a population of about 60.000, but their Austrian rulers made it a free harbor and slowly increased its commerce and population although much retarded by the wars which alternately tossed it about, into the hands of France Italy and Austria, until it is again since 1866 in the union of Italy with a population of about 110.000, of whom about one fourth are paupers and their outstretched hands meet us at every turn-

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Venice has about 15000 houses and her 150 canals are crossed by 378 Bridges, nearly all of which are of stone, a single half circle arch, crossed on long low steps, which would be too steep a grade for wagons.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 But our Gondoliers have brought us already to the Rialto Bridge

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 [-Rialto Bridge-]

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