Count Camillo Cavour
by: Reem, Hudson, Julia, and Patrick
Count Camillo Cavour was from Northwest Italy in the region known as Piedmont, the most independent of the Italian states. He was the leader of Piedmont and promoted free trade, railway construction, expansion of credit, and agricultural improvement. His belief was that material and economic bonds could unite the Italian states, not romantic republicanism. He invented the nationalistic society and created chapters, or national societies, in other Italian states. The purpose of these was Italian unification under the leadership of Piedmont. In order to secede from Austria, they would need to ally with the French.
- The Crimean War
- War with Austria
Cavour's role began to fade away as unification became more about military conquest, lead by Garibaldi, than nationalist revolution. In March 1861, Victor Emmanuel II was proclaimed King of Italy and Cavour died three months later.