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Italian nationalists in Florence overthrow the Hapsburg Grand Duke Leopold II of Tuscany

Northern Italy, 1857, zoomable map
04/27/1859
With war looming between Piedmont, France, and the Austrian Empire, nationalist street demonstrations erupted all over Italy. In Tuscany, the pro-Austrian Grand Duke Leopold was immediately under pressure and when, on this day, demonstrators in the Piazza Santa Maria Antonia in Florence were joined by Tuscan soldiers, he fled the city. A provisional government was formed and following the defeat of Austria Tuscany became part of a newly united Italy. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1859 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1860), 219-221.

The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge for the Year 1860 (Boston: Crosby, Nichols, and Company, 1860), 389.

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