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Cospaia Republic (1440 - 1826) (Italy)

Repubblica di Cospaia

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Republic of Cospaia

According to Roberto Breschi's presentation titled: "The Small Italian States Which Lasted Beyond 1700" at ICV 19 (York, 2001), the Republic of Cospaia used the traditional flag - horizontal with four Venice-like teeth, divided diagonally from low hoist to top fly (without accounting the teeth). The upper (hoist side) part is black and the lower part and teeth are white.
Dov Gutterman, 2 August 2001

Cospaia was a small republic in Italy that came about by error. In 1440, Pope Eugene IV sold some land to the Republic of Florence. An error excluded Cospaia in the sale. The Papal State believed the territory was gone, and Florence made no claim to it, so the inhabitants declared independence. Cospaia was independent until 1826, when the Papal States and the Grand Duchy of Tuscany divided it between them.
Jim Brown, fotw-fb 9 September 2015