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.
While researching the death records of a small town in Sicily I noticed that about 900 people died in 1 year (1867), much more than others years. I did an extensive search on the web and finally found a reference to a cholera epidemic.
Are there any sites that might easily put a historical perspecitive of what the people we are research were living through at the times?
Thank you so much for the link. The history of the epidemic helps me understand why so many people died. There is also allot more information there that will help me understand what was happening during these times.