He was the son of a general officer in the Sardinian army who was killed at the battle of Mondovi in 1796.
After joining the "Giovine Italia" he entered the Sardinian navy, and, with a number of companions on board the frigate "Euridice," plotted to seize the vessel and occupy the arsenal of Genoa at the moment when Mazzini's Savoy expedition should enter Piedmont.
Where rational cultivation has been introduced, it has almost always been by non-Sardinian capitalists.
The native Sardinian cattle are small, but make good draught oxen.
The opportunity of utilizing the wool for textile industries has not yet been taken, though Sardinian women are accustomed to weave strong and durable cloth.