jan 1, 1494 - France Invades Italy
Milan called on France for support when Florence and Naples began to acquire Milanese territories, causing French King Charles VIII to invade the Italian peninsula. Internal instability allowed for Italy to become the focus of imperialistic ambitions and therefore a battleground for European powers. After Charles swept down the peninsula with little resistance, the French desired more success; Italians, on the other hand, suffered continually because of the invasion and its effects.
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