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Venice in 1720

Venice today is very waterlogged. The waters of Venices many famed canals come right
up to every houses doorstep. You get around my walking and driving cars a little in that
case. !ot efficient transportation". #ut you also get around $y $oat. #oats are like the
cars of Venice. %t least& theyre used in a similar way. 'verything in transportation
terms" was a little different& $ut not super duper e(tremely different in 1720. There were
no cars& $ut there were $oats.
#oats in those times werent the super streamlined speeding piece of metal with all sorts
of gadgets and technology you see in speed$oats today. They also werent the enormous&
colossal Titanic ocean steamer ships that are so gigantic that you could fit resort and a
hotel on one you see today either. They were manually powered. This means they didnt
have petrol& com$ustion engines& or any of that fancy pants power stuff that we have
today. The $oats were rowed along $y terri$le singers and $oatmen they are only terri$le
singers& not terri$le $oatmen" called gondoliers& if the $oat was too $ig for one or two
people to power it. They were sort of like chauffeurs for $oats.
Venice in those days was slightly less waterlogged& and heres why) Venice started off as
a few communities $uilt on an island. They were $uilt together for protection in num$ers&
like herds of *e$ra you see in +enya today. They keep together as protection against
lions& leopards& hyenas& cheetahs& %frican wild hunting dogs& and other ghastly savannah
predators. The island communities did this to protect themselves against peoples such as
the ,uns and -om$ards as the #y*antine 'mpire that the emperor .ustinian the .ust had
greatly e(panded fell& as its power dwindled in northern /taly. 0ther steppe people $egan
to rise in a race for dominance as to who would ne(t $e king of he hill with an empire
mightier than any others near. 1o each set a$out e(panding their territory. The island
communities did not want to fall victim to any con2uerors& so the island communities
united& and had their first 3oge of Venice& 4rsus. The city was thus formed& al$eit not a
very $ig city. #ut Venice soon faced a sticky situation5 their island was $eginning to sink
into the depths of the sea666 Venice $ecame more and more waterlogged and several
$uildings were flooded and did not survive to the present day. #ut Venice is still good
and alive now in the present7for now& that is.
Venice had faced some trou$le a few years earlier& when the Turks made war on them in
3ecem$er 1718. %nd this would cost them dearly later on& as that $ig war had $een a $ig
factor in their decline.
Venices canal waters then& unfortunately& stank a whole lot. The tide reached up some
canals and swept them clean& $ut other canals were smelly due to the tides neglect of
them& and have at least some of Venices horri$ly rancid sewage. 3irty water was
simply dumped out the window $y some people& so you can imagine several sticky
situations that arose from that irresponsi$le practice& such as) a $ig e(pensive $oat with
its powerful owner on $oard& is $eing rowed along. 3irty water is dumped out of a
window on top& and the gondoliers are suddenly soaked in li2uid filth from a$ove. They
lose their concentration and crash the $oat& or capsi*e it. The owner gets all angry with
the dirty water thrower& and everything gets unpleasant. !o$ody $enefits and every$ody
suffers. 0r the owner could get soaked& and their e(pensive clothes are ruined. The owner
gets angry and every$ody suffers.
0h well& thats what you get for developing dirty ha$its like that. #ut then again& how
would any$ody dispose of his or her dirty water9
!ot my pro$lem.

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