Expedition of the Thousand

Italian Unification

Europe 1860.0529

Expedition of the Thousand

Italian Unification (29 May 1860)

Historical Map of Europe & the Mediterranean

In return for French support, Sardinia ceded Savoy and Nice to France. Free to move south, the Sardinians secretly sent the famed Italian revolutionary Giuseppe Garibaldi with a thousand volunteers to land in Sicily and overthrow the powerful Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.

Main Events

Kingdom of Sardinia annexes United Provinces of Central Italy

Treaty of Turin

Sardinia cedes Nice and Savoy to France

Garibaldi's Redshirts land at Marsala

Garibaldi's Redshirts take Palermo

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