How Many Kinds Of Principalities There Are And By What Means They Are Acquired
, all powers
, that have held and hold rule over men have been and are either republics
Principalities are either hereditary
, in which the family has been long established; or they are new.
The new are either entirely new, as was Milan
to Francesco Sforza, or they are, as it were, members annexed
to the hereditary
state of the prince who has acquired them, as was the kingdom of Naples
to that of the King of Spain
thus acquired are either accustomed to live under a prince
, or to live in freedom; and are acquired either by the arms of the prince himself, or of others, or else by fortune
or by ability.
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