United Provinces of Central Italy

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United Provinces of Central Italy
Province Unite del Centroitalia
Client government of the Kingdom of Sardinia

 

 

 

1859–1860


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The United Provinces of Central Italy (green)
Capital Modena
Languages Italian, Lombard, Emiliano-Romagnolo
Political structure Client state
King Victor Emmanuel II
Governor General Carlo Bon Compagni di Mombello
History
 -  Revolution December 8, 1859
 -  Annexation March 22, 1860
Currency Sardinian lira, Tuscan florin
Today part of  Italy

The United Provinces of Central Italy, also known as Confederation of Central Italy or Government General of Central Italy, was a short-lived military government established by the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia. It was formed by a union of the former Grand Duchy of Tuscany, Duchy of Parma, Duchy of Modena, and the Papal Legations, after their monarchs were ousted by popular revolutions.

Since August 1859, the pro-Piedmontese regimes of Tuscany, Parma, Modena and the Papal Legations entered into a group of military treaties. On 7 November 1859, they elected Eugenio Emanuele di Savoia-Carignano as their regent. However, King Victor Emmanuel II of Savoy, who was allied to France which claimed a counterpart, refused to endorse the election, and sent Carlo Bon Compagni instead as the Governor General of Central Italy, who was responsible for the diplomatic and military affairs of the states.

On 8 December 1859, Parma, Modena and the Papal Legations were incorporated into the Royal Provinces of Emilia. After plebiscites were held in March 1860, and France was granted with Nice and Savoy, the territory was formally annexed to Piedmont-Sardinia.

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