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Giuseppe Garibaldi – leader of the insurgents in Brazil, Uruguay and Italy – 1882.

Giuseppe Garibaldi – leader of the insurgents in Brazil, Uruguay and Italy – 1882.

Garibaldi died on the Italian island of Capreri, near the strait that separates Sardinia from Corsica. At one time he allegedly bought half of the island and settled there after retirement.

On June 2, 1882, Giuseppe Garibaldi, an Italian revolutionary who greatly marked the 19th century, died. Garibaldi died on the Italian island of Capreri, where he lived towards the end of his life. The island of Caprera is located north of Sardinia, near the strait that separates Sardinia from Napoleon’s native Corsica. Its area is 15.7 square kilometers, ie about 1,570 hectares. Garibaldi once allegedly bought half of the island and settled there after retirement.

It is interesting that Garibaldi was actually born on French territory, in the city of Nice, which in 1807, at the time of his birth, belonged to Napoleon’s French Empire. In his youth, Garibaldi traveled a lot, so he visited, among others, Russia, Africa and the Ottoman Empire. It is particularly interesting that the young Garibaldi once fought in Brazil, on the side of the rebels from the state of Rio Grande do Sul, which wanted to separate from the Brazilian Empire. There he also met his wife, a Brazilian born Ana Ribeiro da Silva (later known as Anita Garibaldi).

After the defeat in Brazil, Garibaldi and his wife moved to Uruguay. There he also took part in the war, and it was not until 1848 that he moved to Italy (by then he was already in his forties). All in all, Garibaldi left Europe as early as 1835 and did not return until 1848, meaning he spent almost 13 years in South America. Only later did he become a revolutionary leader in Italy.

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