The feast, established in 1993 with the Regional Law n. 44 of 14 September 1993, is also called “Day of the Sardinian people” or “Sa die de
The historical scenario: Sardinia as a Savoy colony
As for the chronicles, Piedmontese administration of Sardinia began between 1718 and 1720, when Vittorio Amedeo II, Duke of Savoy, received the Kingdom of Sardinia in exchange for the Kingdom of Sicily.
The intolerance towards the treatment reserved to the Sardinians by the Piedmontese who, by royal order, excluded locals from any participation in political life and administrative activities generated such discontent among the population to spread throughout the island revolutionary feelings.
Also, the French revolutionary events contributed to
Sardinians disrupted the French conquest plan and in return asked the right of taking up public office, the creation of a Council of State in Cagliari and the establishment of a Ministry for Sardinian Affairs in Turin.
It was the refusal of the king, through the viceroy Balbiano, to trigger the revolutionary uprisings.
The insurrection and the expulsion of the Piedmontese
The arrest of Vincenzo Cabras and Efisio Siotto Pintor, at the head of the protests, triggered what we remember as “
514 Piedmontese officials, together with the viceroy Vincenzo Balbiano were raked by the locals, tired in the offices, in the house, on the streets and taken to the port of Cagliari, to be then boarded. The
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Giovanni Maria Angioy: from alternos to revolutionary
Encouraged by the example of Cagliari, the population of Bono, Sassari
To quell the protest
Starting from Cagliari as a representative of the Government, he transformed himself into a supporter of the oppressed and a revolutionary leader. On his head was placed a size of 3000 Sardinian
Strongly supported by the population, Giovanni Maria Angioy marched on Cagliari, relying on the participation of the city to reclaim the end of the oppression and a new administrative and political autonomy for Sardinia.
But his race ended in Oristano, where he escaped capture by the Savoy government.
At first, he took refuge in Santu Lussurgiu, a small village close by, then thanks to the intervention of the knights of Scano Montiferro, who disguised him and escorted him to Porto Torres, he managed to escape capture and reach Turin.
In reality, he did not arrive in Turin, as he intended, and had to flee to France, where he died.
The Sardinian revolution failed, leaving the island under the domination of the House of Savoy. But that day, that April 28th, remains for all Sardinians a symbol of pride, unity,
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