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Piedmont-Sardinia annexes Emilia as the unification of Italy increases pace

Victor Emmanuel II, detail
03/18/1860
The recent plebiscite in northern Italy had established that the vast majority of residents there wished to be annexed by Piedmont-Sardinia so as to join the swiftly moving march towards a united Italy.  Almost immediately King Victor Emmanuel of Piedmont-Sardinia decreed from Turin that the provinces that made up Emilia, which included Bologna, Modena, Parma, were now a part of his kingdom. Tuscany followed four days later.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Great Britain, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, British and Foreign State Papers, Vol. 57 (London, H.M.S.O., 1871), 1029.

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