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Prussian officials take formal control of the newly annexed former Free City of Frankfurt am Main.

Germany, 1857, zoomable map
10/08/1866

Although Frankfurt am Main, one of the four "free cities" in the German Confederation, had remained neutral during the recent Austria-Prussia War, Prussia had annexed the area by proclamation backed with the threat of force on September 20, 1866. Two and a half weeks later, Prussian officials took formal possession of the city along with its 90,000 inhabitants and incorporated them into the Prussian state of Hesse-Nassau.  (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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