Ten fun facts about Giuseppe Garibaldi
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He is considered, with Camillo Cavour, Victor Emmanuel II and Giuseppe Mazzini, as one of Italy's “fathers of the fatherland”.
Garibaldi was a central figure in the Italian Risorgimento, since he personally commanded and fought in many military campaigns that led eventually to the formation of a unified Italy.
Garibaldi's family's involvement in coastal trade drew him to a life at sea. He participated actively in the community of the Nizzardo Italians and was certified in 1832 as a merchant marine captain.
Garibaldi's popularity, his skill at rousing the common people, and his military exploits are all credited with making the unification of Italy possible.Fact 5
The United Kingdom and the United States helped him a great deal, offering him financial and military support in difficult circumstances.Fact 6
He also served as a global exemplar of mid-19th century revolutionary nationalism and liberalism.Fact 7
Garibaldi is a major character in two juvenile historical novels by Geoffrey Trease: Follow My Black Plume and A Thousand for Sicily. They are both closely based on G.M. Trevelyan's accounts, the former set in the Roman Republic.Fact 8
He was appointed general by the provisional government of Milan in 1848, General of the Roman Republic in 1849 by the Minister of War, and led the Expedition of the Thousand on behalf and with the consent of Victor Emmanuel II.Fact 9
He has been called the “Hero of Two Worlds” because of his military enterprises in Brazil, Uruguay and Europe.Fact 10
Many of the greatest intellectuals of his time, such as Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, and George Sand showered him with admiration. Go to more people facts ❯
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