The map of the world for our ancestors revolved around rivers and oceans. Until the invention of the steam engine, any goods that could not be carried on a human back either had to be pulled in a cart or transported via water.
So it is that The Most Serene Republic of Venice - La Serenissima - came to power in the 7th century and stayed a great empire for 1,000 years.
The capital of La...
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