Tanaro (department)

Tanaro [ta.na.ʁo] was a short-lived department of the French Consulate and of the First French Empire in present-day Italy. It was named after the river Tanaro. It was formed in 1802, when the Subalpine Republic (formerly the mainland portion of the Kingdom of Sardinia) was directly annexed to France. Its capital was Asti.

Département du Tanaro
department of French First Republic and First French Empire
 • Coordinates44°54′N 8°12′E / 44.900°N 8.200°E / 44.900; 8.200Coordinates: 44°54′N 8°12′E / 44.900°N 8.200°E / 44.900; 8.200
• 1805[1]
• Decree of 24 Fructidor, year X[2]
11 September 1802
• Disbanded
6 June 1805
Political subdivisions3 arrondissements[1]
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Subalpine Republic
First French Empire

The department was disbanded in 1805, when the French conquered the Ligurian Republic, and its territory was divided over the departments of Marengo, Montenotte and Stura.


The department was subdivided into the following arrondissements and cantons (situation in 1805):[1]

Its population in 1805 was 310,459.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Almanach Impérial pour l'an XIII, p. 358-359, accessed in Gallica 18 August 2013 (in French)
  2. ^ "Décret du 24 Fructidor". Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2013.