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Victor Emmanuel II receives a hero's welcome in Florence, the capital of his new province of Tuscany

Victor Emmanuel II, detail
04/16/1860
Victor-Emmanuel II began the tour of his new Tuscan province in Florence where he was welcomed with enthusiastic crowds.  He dedicated the cornerstone of the new front of the ancient cathedral and was blessed publicly by the Archbishop of Florence, despite his recent excommunication by Pope Pius IX.  He then went on over the next days to visit other Tuscan towns like Sienna and Pisa before travelling to Bologna and his other new province of the Romagna.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge for the Year 1861 (Boston: Crosby, Nichols, Lee and Company, 1860), 410.
"Central Italy," New York Times, May 19, 1860, p.10.

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