Arch-Duchy of Tuscany
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ARCH-DUCHY OF TUSCANY
The Arch-Duchy of Tuscany (Toscana, now part of Italy) was created in 1569 when Cosimo de' Medici, Duke of Florence, was made Arch Duke of Tuscany by Pope Pius V. In 1737 the territory became a possession of Duke Franz III of Lotharingen, and hence a possession of the Habsburg family. Officially, the territory never was part of Austria-Hungary.
The arms show five pills, a canting element for the Medici family. The blue ball with the fleur-de-lis were granted by the French King Louis XII in 1504. Literature:
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