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Prussia annexes Frankfurt am Main, one of the four German free cities.

Germany, 1857, zoomable map
09/30/1866

Although Frankfurt am Main, one of the four "free cities" in the German Confederation, had remained neutral during the recent Austria-Prussia War, the area was annexed into the Prussian state of Hesse by a proclamation backed with the threat of force. Two and a half weeks later, on October 8, 1866, Prussian officials took formal possession of the city and its 90,000 inhabitants.  (By John Osborne) 

Source Citation: 

"Frankfort," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1866 (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873), 336.

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