Expedition of the Thousand

Italian Unification

Europe 1860.0529

Expedition of the Thousand

Italian Unification (29 May 1860)

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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

In exchange for French support against Austria in the War of 1859, Sardinia had agreed to cede Nice and Savoy to France. The ensuing Treaty of Turin moderated this promise, outlining that the cession of each territory must be approved by a local plebiscite. Both plebiscites resulted in majority "yes" votes, resulting in French annexation.

Garibaldi's Redshirts land at Marsala

Garibaldi's Redshirts take Palermo

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