History of Vinchiaturo

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History of Vinchiaturo

Postby conno11 » 17 Oct 2014, 19:14

Need a little history on Vinchiaturo

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Re: History of Vinchiaturo

Postby Anizio » 17 Oct 2014, 20:10

I can tell you from my own knowledge that it lies in the heard of the pre-Roman lands of the Pentri ("mountain people") who were the Samnite tribe with the largest territory (you wont find accurate maps on the internet, but I have made some).

From the town's website we learn the town was built on a steep limstone hill, and was known for its craftsmen. It was known at the time as Ruffirio.

During Rome's war with the Samnite league, Ruffirio was conquered an subjugated. It was used as a place where Rome sent other Samnite trouble makers who would not submit, turning the town into essentially a penal colony, and so its name was changed to Vincula Catenis, which essentially means "jail with chains" but is better interpreted as confinement without freedoms, and the freedoms were strictly limited by the Romans.

The town then vanishes from history as an independent entity until about 1000AD when it again appears in the history books.

The second major catastrophe is in 1426 when the town is all but destroyed by a major earthquake which killed 120 people. Most of the old town was destroyed and it began to take on its new appearance. Most of the townspeople at that time began building their homes in the valley.

The third major event in the towns history occurs in 1805 when, at 2:15 a major earthquake hit, killing 305 people and injuring 214.

There is also history of the towns churches, important families, etc. to find. And if you want the history of it politically, then you can just trace the history of the region as it transferred from, if my memory serves me right, Rome, then the Duchy of Spoleto, then Naples, then the Two Sicilies, and the Italy - I may be missing some things.
TIP: When asking for records from Italy, do NOT ask for an "estratto." ALWAYS ask for a "copia integrale." A photocopy of the original Act will contain more information

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Re: History of Vinchiaturo

Postby conno11 » 17 Oct 2014, 22:21

I should just PM you with all my questions LOL ;)

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Re: History of Vinchiaturo

Postby PeterTimber » 18 Oct 2014, 00:14

You may wish to review the title" Vinchiaturo Campobasso" in Google.com to fill in the blanks as it were and by answering your questions as you research your objectives. Peter
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Re: History of Vinchiaturo

Postby conno11 » 18 Oct 2014, 19:24

Thanks!


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