As a nation state, Italy has emerged only in 1871. Until then the country was politically divided into a large number of independant cities, provinces and islands. The currently available evidences point out to a dominant Etruscan, Greek and Roman cultural influence on today's Italians.
Can anyone shed any light on what life might have been like for the wife of an Italian captain in the Khedive of Egypt's navy in 1866. This particular captain Federico Maria FEDRIGO is mentioned in the history of what I understand is about a college for navy personel on the island that was Lussin Grande in 1869 but has a Croatian name now.
"Molti capitani lussignani, entrati a servizio del Lioyd Austriaco, decisero di mettere radici con la famiglia a Trieste o a Fiume, Altri, spinti dalle difficolta di trovare lavoro in Patria, si spostarono al servizio di marinerie estere: e stato questo il caso di Federico Maria Fedrigo e Giacomo Ragusain, in Egitto, di Massimo III Ivancich, nel Siam dei fratelli Isidoro e Giovanni Suttora, nel Messico. L'apertura del Canale di Suez, nel 1869, costitui una excellente opportunita di lavoro per molti capitani lussignani ........"
As well as wanting to know what his wife's life would have been like, I am also keen to know all there is to know about FEDERICO MARIA FEDRIGO who went on to have the title Pasha and oversee ships being renovated in England and be mentioned at the opening of Parliament and also a guest at St James's Palace in London. He died in Milan in 1886. SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE IN MILAN MUST HAVE COME ACROSS THIS MAN. PLEASE HELP ME TO FIND OUT ABOUT HIS LIFE AFTER ALEXANDRIA!. THANK YOU in anticipation.
Interesting to read what you sent, especially the history of the austrian-hungarian navy. The birth record I am reading from is dated 1871 and mentions two brothers, one age 39 born in Lussin Grande,he is an" Austro-ungarico" subject and a professional seaman. The other age 50 born in Venice,is an Italian subject and an admiral in the viceroy of Egypt's navy. They seem to have been living through a time of great change within their professions and part of the world. I wonder what their wives lives were like too. Many thanks for you reply.