Montenotte (department)

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Montenotte was a department of the French Consulate and of the First French Empire in present-day Italy. It was named after the village Montenotte near Savona to commemorate the Battle of Montenotte in 1796. It was formed in 1805, when the Ligurian Republic (formerly the Republic of Genoa) was annexed directly to France. Its capital was Savona.

Département de Montenotte
department of the First French Empire
Flag of Montenotte
Coat of arms of Montenotte
Coat of arms
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Administrative map of the Italian portion of the French Empire.
 • Coordinates44°18′N 8°29′E / 44.300°N 8.483°E / 44.300; 8.483Coordinates: 44°18′N 8°29′E / 44.300°N 8.483°E / 44.300; 8.483
• 1810[1]
3,937.98 km2 (1,520.46 sq mi)
• 1810[1]
• Annexion from the Ligurian Republic
4 June 1805
Political subdivisions4 Arrondissements[1]
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Ligurian Republic
Kingdom of Sardinia

The department was disbanded after the defeat of Napoleon in 1814. It was followed by a brief restoration of the Ligurian Republic, but at the Congress of Vienna the old territory of Genoa was awarded to the Kingdom of Sardinia. Its territory is now divided between the Italian provinces of Savona, Alessandria, Imperia and Cuneo.


The department was subdivided into the following arrondissements and cantons (situation in 1812):[2]

Its population in 1812 was 289,823, and its area was 393,798 hectares.[2]


  1. ^ a b "L'ALMANACH IMPÉRIAL POUR L'ANNÉE 1810, CHAPITRE X, Sect. II, Marne - Nord". Retrieved 2010-09-28.
  2. ^ a b Almanach Impérial an bissextil MDCCCXII, p. 438-439, accessed in Gallica 26 July 2013 (in French)