Specific purpose: to inform my audience about the geography, history, economy, culture and cuisine of Puglia (Apulia), Italy
Central Idea: Apuglia (a lesser known region in Italy) has some of the brightest seas and beautiful landscapes, rich history, diverse culture, mouthwatering food and kindest people of Italy.
I. How many of you have heard of the Tuscany or Sicily regions of Italy? Or the bigger cities of Italy: Rome, Milan, Naples or Venice?
A. Most people in the United States are very familiar with these regions and cities of Italy.
II. But how many of you have ever heard of the Puglia or Apulia (as it’s pronounced in English) region of Italy and some of its cities: Brindisi, Taranto, Bari, Grottalia and Villa…show more content…
B. In the 4th century the Romans began their conquest of the territory and built the Via Appia (the historic Roman road) to connect it to Rome.
C. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476 AD, Puglia was for a time under the influence of Byzanthium, then was gradually occupied by the Lombards, the Franks and Saracens.
D. In the 10th century the Eastern Roman Empire defeated the Saracens and came in control, but the cities of Puglia were already rising in power and wanted more autonomy.
E. In 1059 the Norman Roberto il Guiscardo occupied part of Southern Italy becoming Duke of Puglia and Calabria, and since then the history of Puglia was the history of the Kingdom of Sicily.
F. The Normans gave way to the Swabians, then the Anjous and then the Aragonese.
G. The region suffered from bad government until the 18th century when it came under control of the Bourbons.
H. In 1860 Puglia was annexed to the Kingdom of Italy and at that time was divided into only three provinces: Bari, Foggia and Lecce.
1. Taranto and Brindisi were added in 1927.
2. And Barletta-Andria-Trani was established in 2004. (Transition: with such a rich history, it’s no wonder that Puglia has such a diverse culture.)
III. With such a rich history, it’s no wonder that Puglia has such a diverse culture.
A. Because of its varied history and the different languages spoken in this region for centuries, there are a number of very different dialects spoken