The Dark Lord Kelebek
- Mar 4, 2016
That was a message by the Worldwide Salt Association.Venice is one of the most interesting cities because no matter what alternate history you do it will exist. Why? Because of salt. That is why that area was settled - to produce salt. There will ALWAYS be a city there, no matter what happened to the history of Europe because those marshy low-lands make a great place to have salt production using the oldest method - solar evaporation method. I once wrote a alternate history/evolution idea for a alternate history forum about Neanderthals living on - never being replaced - and I set my story where Venice would be because it is the one place I KNEW there would be a city. Because SALT! I would suggest "Salt: A World History" by Mark Kurlansky. Venice is in a few of the chapters.
It became so powerful that in the end it no longer had to make salt it just made profit by trading in it!
Eat salt. It's made of relationships.
It pretty much is certain that northern Italy becomes the city state loving place that it is too, for much the same reasons of trade. Greece too, come the think of it. In fact, pretty much every major ancient city that lies on the Mediterranean coastline would still be founded at some point. Prominence would probably switch around but they would still exist. When you move away from big rivers and water in general, you get bigger discrepancies. Venice is interesting in that it probably would always have taken this form though of both an producer and trader city from the start. Anything else you know that might be of interest (about geographies for example, cos Venice at this time hasn't even colonised all of its own islands yet)?