Immigration to the United States
Italians came in many waves to the United States, but perhaps one of the most notable was around 1850, due to one Italian: Giuseppe Garibaldi.
Garibaldi fled to the United States after a failed attempt to unify the nation states of Italy.
In 1854, he returned to Italy and recommenced in the war to unite the states.
In 1871, Italy was finally united, but caused some detriment to southern Italians.
Before 1871, majority of Italian immigration to the United States came from Northern Italy, where Italians had skills as trained laborers or artisans. But after the unification of Italy in 1871, nearly all immigration of Italians to the United States was Southern Italians, who were fleeing corrupt government, churches, and taxes imposed on them, and searching for work in the United States.
The Immigration of Italians not to seek refuge, but rather so seek fortune. Nearly 75-90% of the immigrants were males, leaving theirs families behind to make money, then return back to Italy.
Between 1880 and 1920, nearly 4 million Italians would immigrate to the United States; majority of them coming through New York.
Who Was Giuseppe Garibaldi?
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Giuseppe Garibaldi was a military leader mainly involved with the unification of the Italian states (at this time, Italy was not one unified state, but rather many small nation states).
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