What are the reasons for the growth of Florence?

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Unlike the maritime cities, the growth of Florence was initially hindered by its inland isolation and lack of access to the major land routes that ran north. A disadvantage of the city was a shortage of decent local supply but an increase of entrepreneurial merchant companies traveling as far as Flanders and England to source raw materials helped revitalize the industry. The gradual revival of Mediterranean trade was crucial to the expansion of Florence and many other Italian city-states. The cloth was in high demand from the eleventh century, and Florence was at the epicenter of its production. To cover the time-consuming purchase and selling of raw materials, the Florentines established a banking network and the Florin, first minted in 1252, became the most...
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