• Until 1799 the Maritime Republic of Genova – ‘La Superba’ – was one of the pre-eminent powers of the western Mediterranean. The map in the picture shows the city’s location in a natural harbour, backed by the Ligurian Appenines.  The city’s fortifications are also visible.

    The Republic controlled territory far inland – to the Langhe, in fact – but was weak and characterised by unrest and disturbance throughout.  Nonetheless La Superba controlled much of the trade to and from the Eastern Mediterranean.

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