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King Victor-Emmanuel of Piedmont-Sardinia explains the transfer of Nice and Savoy to France

Victor Emmanuel II, detail
04/01/1860
King Victor-Emmanuel of Piedmont-Sardinia, in a proclamation, explained to the people of Savoy and Nice why they were being transferred to French sovereignty.  He cited the territorial changes Italy had undergone with victory over Austria, and noted the contributions that France had made in that war.  He went on to promise a plebiscite to determine their wishes.  The vote took place later in April and confirmed the transfer. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Sarah Wambaugh, James Brown Scott,  A Monograph on Plebiscites: with a collection of official documents (New York: Oxford University Press, 1920), 570-571. 

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