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Andrea Doria - Early life, Wars between France and the Holy Roman Empire, Reestablishment of the Genoese Republic

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Genoese commander and statesman, born in Oneglia, NW Italy. In 1513 he received command of the Genoese fleet, and defeated the Turkish corsairs off Pianosa (1519). The imperial faction were restored to power in Genoa (1522), and Doria transferred his allegiance to Francis I of France. In command of the French fleet, he defeated the Emperor Charles V, blockaded Genoa, and proclaimed the independence of the republic in 1527. In 1529, fearing the predominance of Francis, he transferred his allegiance to Charles V and established an aristocratic government which lasted to the end of the republic in 1797.

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