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Italian provinces of Romagna, Emilia, and Tuscany begin voting on a plebiscite to decide their future

Northern Italy, 1857, zoomable map
The provinces of Romagna, Emilia, and Tuscany began voting on a plebiscite over the question whether the area, which included the Duchies of Modena and Palma, should unite in a separate kingdom or request annexation to the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia.   Voting lasted for a week with the overwhelming results favoring annexation and the obvious progress towards a united Italy. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Joseph Irving, The Annals of Our Times .... (London: MacMillan and Company, 1869), 412.