Piedmont-Sardinia annexes Tuscany as the unification of Italy increases pace
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. By decree from Turin, Victor Emmanuel II declared that Tuscany was now a part of his kingdom. When the Neapolitan States were annexed in December, 1860, modern Italy had mostly been formed. (By John Osborne)
Great Britain, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, British and Foreign State Papers, Vol. 57 (London, H.M.S.O., 1871), 1029.