Though it eventually spread through Europe

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Though it eventually spread through Europe, the Renaissance began in the great city- states of Italy. Italian merchants and political officials supported and commissioned the  great artists of the day, thus the products of the Renaissance grew up inside their walls.  The most powerful city-states were Florence, The Papal States (centered in Rome),  Venice, and Milan. Each of these states grew up with its own distinctive character, very  much due to the different forms of government that presided over each. Florence,  considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, grew powerful as a wool-trading post,  and remained powerful throughout the Renaissance due to the leadership of the Medici  family, who maintained the city's financial strength and were intelligent and generous  patrons of the arts. The Pope, who had the responsibility of running the Catholic Church 
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