Map of Italy, c. 1860, Chambers
In 1860, legendary Italian Giuseppe Garibaldi took on one of his most ambitious missions. After Italy reclaimed Lombardy-Venetia from the Austrian Empire, he and Prime Minister Camillo Cavour sought to unify the entire country by claiming the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. This effort would later be called the Expedition of the Thousand, so named because he brought with him a thousand men to reclaim the land.
At the time, Sicily was ruled by France and the British Empire agreed to support Italy in its efforts to reclaim the region from their rival to protect their own interests in the east. The ragtag team was made up entirely of volunteers with little weaponry, who were not military men by career. They seized ships and attacked with the help of the British, gaining more and more volunteers from locals, who eagerly jumped at the chance to banish their oppressors.
Garibaldi's troops won battle after battle and claimed city by city for King Victor Emmanuel. Sicily was annexed to the Kingdom of Italy in October and the French surrendered in February of 1861.
Inspired by the Brockhaus Enzyklopadie, the Chambers Encyclopaedia was first published in 1859. It has been regarded as one of the most well-written and researched collections of the century. It was praised for its accurate maps, and engaging articles on a variety of subjects from religion, literature, science and more. Its popularity was so great that later editions were published throughout the 20th century. This map was engraved by W.H. McFarlane and published by W. & R. Chambers. From the Chambers Encyclopaedia.
- Onastasia Youssef
Sheet size: 10" x 12.5"
Condition: In excellent condition