Pô (department)

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Département du Pô
department of the First French Republic and of the First French Empire

Flag Coat of arms
Flag Coat of arms
Location of Pô
Administrative map of the Italian portion of the French Empire.
Capital Turin
45°04′N 07°42′E / 45.067°N 7.700°E / 45.067; 7.700Coordinates: 45°04′N 07°42′E / 45.067°N 7.700°E / 45.067; 7.700
 •  Decree of 24 Fructidor, year X[1] 11 September 1802
 •  Treaty of Fontainebleau 11 April 1814
 •  1812[2] 4,145.26 km2 (1,600 sq mi)
 •  1812[2] 399,237 
Density 96.3 /km2  (249.4 /sq mi)
Political subdivisions 3 Arrondissements [2]

was a department of the French Consulate and of the First French Empire in present-day Italy. It was named after the river Dora Baltea. It was formed in 1802, when the Subalpine Republic (formerly the mainland portion of the Kingdom of Sardinia) was directly annexed to France. Its capital was Turin.

The department was disbanded after the defeat of Napoleon in 1814. At the Congress of Vienna, the Savoyard King of Sardinia was restored in all his previous realms and domains, including Piedmont. Its territory is now part of the Italian province of Turin.


The department was subdivided into the following arrondissements and cantons (situation in 1812):[2]

Its population in 1812 was 399,237, and its area was 414,526 hectares.[2]

Governing Prefects[edit]

  • 26 August 1802–1805—Victor Hercule Joseph Ferdinand comte de Lavilla de Villasteloni
  • 1805–1808—Pierre Loysel
  • 1808–1809—Étienne Vincent Marnolia
  • 19 February 1809–1813—Alexandre Théodore Victor de Lameth baron de Lameth


  1. ^ "Décret du 24 Fructidor". Retrieved 2010-09-28. 
  2. ^ a b c d Almanach Impérial an bissextil MDCCCXII, p. 449-450, accessed in Gallica 26 July 2013 (French)