The Most Serene Republic of Venice (Venetian: Serenìsima Repùblica de Venesia), commonly known as Venice (Venexia), is a sovereign nation in Europe, comprising of islands and enclaves along the Adriatic and Tyrrhenian Seas.
The nation has its origin in the 7th century, centered around the namesake trading city of Venice. Since then, the nation grew to expand its territories in Italy, the Mediterranean, and the Balkans. For much of its history, the nation was an economic "superpower" through its trade efforts, however this power declined as the years went on due to European expansion into the New World and conflict with the Ottoman Empire.
- For history before 1450, see History of the Republic of Venice
Early Ottoman Wars
Seventy Years' War