On This Day in Napoleonic History – 19 February 1797

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Peace treaty signed between France and the Papal States

(c) Burton Constable Hall; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
(c) Burton Constable Hall; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

The treaty of Tolentino was signed between Revolutionary France and the Papal States during the War of the First Coalition, under which the Pope Pius VI ceded Romania, Bolognia and Avignona to France, closed all ports to the British and promised to send contribution of 30 million to France and one hundred works of art. ‘We will have everything that is good in Italy,’ Napoleon wrote to the Directory.

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