Duccio Sacchi

I consoli e l'ospedale: le prime collette per la fondazione dell'ospedale italiano di Buenos Aires (1853-1858)

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The study of the correspondence between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Sardinia and its consuls in Buenos Aires enables us to ob serve the important functions played by these officials in mediating between the Kingdom's government and its migrant subjects, at a time of consolidation of the new republics in the river Plata area (1850-1860). In particular, the story of the construction of the Italian hospital in Buenos Aires shows how Sardinian business agents and consuls did not simply act as the Ministry's diplomatic and administrative tools, but also represented the interests of the immigrants and promoted new social, economical and political networks for those who were already rooted in the area. The second part of the article deals with one of these networks, studying the organization of fundraising for the hospital. Among other issues we will take into account the role of vice-consuls in the formation of local committees for the collection of money; the social distribution of donors and the various mechanisms for their cooptation; the relations and tensions with other socio-political networks and with other kinds of collections; the importance of the registration of subscribers as a means of social control.

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