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PROVINO COPES, b. verceia , Italy; d. 1933.
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SILVESTRO COPES, b. verceia , Italy.
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GIUSEPPE "SUSO" COPES, b. verceia , Italy.
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ROSALINO COPES, b. verceia , Italy; d. Washington DC.
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RODOLFO COPES, b. Verceia , Italy.
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GIUSEPPINA COPES, b. 1879.
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ZEFFERINO COPES, b. January 19, 1888, Verceia , Italy; d. February 1976. (my Grandfather)
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  The first inhabitants of Sicilia were the Sicans and the Sicels (of unknown origin).

750 BC - The first Greeks in Sicilia settled at Naxos.

480 BC - Phoenicians came from Carthage and conquered some Greek colonies in Sicilia.

213 BC - Romans made Siracusa the capital of their Province of Sicily.

200-100 BC - The slave revolts and the plundering of the Praetor Verres were the major events in Sicilia.

440 - Vandals, led by Gaiseric, occupied Africa and overcame the Sicilia.

476 - The king of the Vandals ceded Sicilia (except for the Lilybaeum enclave) to Odoacer, King of Italy after deposing Romulus Augustus, the last of the Western Roman Emperors.

495 - Goths under Theodoric the Great, took the place of the King of the Eruls in the barbarian kingdom of Italy.

534 - Justinian's General Belisarius occupied Sicilia, which he needed as a base for the reconquest of the Italian peninsula, bringing Eastern politics and civilization with the Byzantian leadership.

827 - Muslim landing at Mazara, the beginning of the Arab conquest of Sicilia.

1061 - Count Roger Hauteville led the Normans of the South of Italy to overcome the strong Muslim forces in Sicilia.

1197 - Frederick II was made King of Sicily, elected Emperor in 1220, signaling the reign of Swabians.

1250 - The crown of Sicilia went to Charles of Anjou, brother of King Louis IX of France.

1282 - Revolution of the Sicilian Vespers pushed the French from Sicilia, replacing them with Peter III of Aragon.

1300s-1600s - Italian Renaissance began in Italy and spread to England, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. It was characterized by a revival ancient Greek and Roman art and philosophy, the development of humanism, and the beginning of modern science.

1543 - The Council of Trent required Catholic parishes to begin keeping christening, marriage, and death records.

1559 - Spain ruled most of Italy.

1713 - Treaty of Utrecht established the Austrian Hapsburgs as Italy's leaders.

1796 - Napoleon Bonaparte, emperor of France, conquered northern Italy.

1804-1815 - Napoleon ruled most of Italy. In 1806 he required civil registration records (birth, marriage, death) be kept.

1815 - After Napoleon's defeat, most of Italy reverted to its former rulers.

1821-1831 - A series of revolts ("Risorgimento"), occurred against local rulers. They sought political unity for Italy.

1848-49 - Revolts began in every major Italian city opposing Austrian rule. New governments were established. Austria put down the revolts and regained control. The Pope, backed by the French army, won back Roma.

1858-59 - Count Cavour, prime minister of the Kingdom of Sardegna, and Napoleon III of France signed a defense agreement. Austria declared war on the kingdom of Sardegna. French and Italian troops defeated the Austrians. Much of northern Italy was united under the Kingdom of Sardegna.

1860 - Giuseppe Garibaldi conquered Sicilia, southern Italy, and the city of Napoli, from the French.

1861 - After a nationwide vote, the Kingdom of Italy was formed with Vittorio Emmanuele II as king. The kingdom united all of Italy except the city of Roma, the region of Venezia, and the country of San Marino.

1866 - In exchange for Venezia, Italy supported Prussia in its war against Austria. A month later, Prussia defeated Austria, and Venezia became part of the Kingdom of Italy. Civil registration became law.

1870 - The Italian army conquered all of Roma except for the Vatican.

1871 - The capital of Italy moves from Torino to Roma.

1911 - After a war with Turkey, Italy conquered Eritrea, Italian Somaliland, and Tripoli.

1915-1918 - Italy sided with the Allies in World War I and gained Trentino and Trieste from Austria-Hungary.

1922 - King Victor Emmanuel III made Benito Mussolini the Premier of Italy. By 1925, Mussolini was dictator.

1936 - Italy conquered Ethiopia.

1939 - Italy joined Germany to form the Axis powers. Italy conquered Albania.

1946 - Italians voted to establish a Republican form of government.

1947 - As part of the peace treaty formally ending World War II, Italy lost Libya, Italian Somaliland, and Eritrea. It also gave the Dodecanese Islands to Greece, and gave Albania its independance. Trieste was made a free territory that was divided between Anglo-American and Yugoslav rule. Minor changes were made to the French-Italian border.

1954 - Trieste was given to Italy in a treaty with Yugoslavia.

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