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Count Cavour prepares to annex central and southern provinces into a united Italy

Count Cavour Camillo, detail
10/02/1860
Following the victories of Piedmont-Sardinia and Garibaldi over the Kingdom of Naples and the Papal States, Prime Minister Cavour introduced a bill into the Italian Chamber of Deputies to begin the process of a plebiscite in the central and southern provinces of Italy to decide whether these areas should be taken into a united Italy.  The bill passed and the vote took place in these provinces later in the month with a resounding result in favor.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Sarah Wambaugh,  A Monograph on Plebiscites, with a Collection of Official Documents (New York, Oxford University Press, 1920), 623.

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