Stura [sty.ʁa] was a department of the French Consulate and of the First French Empire in present-day Italy. It was named after the river Stura di Demonte. It was formed in 1802, when the Subalpine Republic (formerly the mainland portion of the Kingdom of Sardinia) was annexed to France. Its capital was Cuneo.

Département de la Stura
Department of the First French Republic and of the First French Empire
Flag of Stura
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Administrative map of the Italian portion of the French Empire.
 • Coordinates44°23′N 7°32′E / 44.383°N 7.533°E / 44.383; 7.533Coordinates: 44°23′N 7°32′E / 44.383°N 7.533°E / 44.383; 7.533
• 1812[1]
8,572.16 km2 (3,309.73 sq mi)
• 1812[1]
• Decree of 24 Fructidor, year X[2]
11 September 1802
11 April 1814
Political subdivisions5 Arrondissements[1]
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Subalpine Republic
Kingdom of Sardinia

The department was disbanded after the defeat of Napoleon in 1814. At the Congress of Vienna, the Savoyard King of Sardinia was restored in all its previous realms and domains, including Piedmont. Its territory corresponded more or less with that of the present-day Italian province of Cuneo.


The department was subdivided into the following arrondissements and cantons (situation in 1812):[1]

Its population in 1812 was 431,438, and its area was approximately 857,216 hectares.[1]

The Geographical Dictionary portable 1809 summarized the Department of Stura:

"Climate rough, hilly ground, stony, produces abundant fruit, nuts, mulberry, chestnut woods, pastures, some cattle, many horses, mules excellent, mines gold and silver, marble quarries, gold flakes in the rivers, mineral waters. Its inhabitants are simple, aggressive, small, agile, excellent foot: soft and laboring women. Great trade for Lyon silk, fruit, truffles, fodder, livestock, dairy, marble, limestone, few factories and mills."

List of prefectsEdit

  • 26 August 1802 – 1803 Jean Laurent de Grégory, comte de Marcorengo
  • 24 September 1803 – 1810 Pierre Amédée Vincent Joseph Marie Arborio-Biamino
  • 30 November 1811 – 12 March 1813 Auguste Joseph Baude de La Vieuville
  • 12 March 1813 – March 1813 Antoine Louis Campan
  • 25 March 1813 – 1814 Louis-Honoré-Félix Le Peletier d'Aunay

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Almanach Impérial an bissextil MDCCCXII, p. 471-472, accessed in Gallica 31 July 2013 (in French)
  2. ^ "Décret du 24 Fructidor". Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2010.