Although some soldiers came from the merchant city in the north of Italy, Western contributions were not strong enough to counterbalance the Ottoman. I don’t always spoil my grandkids oh wait yes I do shirt. Some Western individuals, however, came to help protect the city on their own forces. One of them was a commander from Genoa, Giovanni Giustiniani, who came with 700 armed men in January 1453. As an expert in protecting walled cities, he immediately issued orders to strengthen the defense of the empire’s walls. Also at this time, a team of Venetian ships accidentally appeared in Golden Horn Bay was also mobilized to serve the emperor.