In 1502, Leonardo finally got his chance to act as a military engineer. In 1502, Cesare Borgia (who Leonardo had probably met Leonardo in Milan), was commander of the pope's army. He had nearly subjugated all of central Italy, the Romagna. In the late summer of 1502, Borgia took on Leonardo as his chief military engineer. Leonardo traveled the Tuscan coast, inspecting fortifications and draining marshes. He then traveled all over the Romagna, finally ending up in Imola. There, Borgia set up his winter quarters. The city was heavily fortified as attack was expected. At Imola, Leonardo probably met Niccolo Machiavelli, who he would see again in Florence the next year. Leonardo probably got along well with Borgia: both were both ambitious, illegitimate, unconventional men. In addtion to his official military duties, while at Imola Leonardo drew what is perhaps the first directly overhead map of a city.
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