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Origins: C M de Rothschild & Figli

Carl von Rothschild (1788-1855), the fourth of the five sons of Mayer Amschel Rothschild of Frankfurt, was born in 1788 and married Adelheid Herz (1800-1853)  in 1818. Carl went to Naples in 1821 in the wake of a popular uprising in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.  Ferdinand I, the King, called for support from the Austrian Emperor who sent in Imperial troops.  It was in order to arrange the details of the financing of this army by the Neapolitan Government that Carl was sent to Naples from Frankfurt to negotiate a loan to the Government of Ferdinand II which made possible the payments to Austria to support the presence of the Empire's army in Naples.

Continued need for additional funds on the part of the Government increased involvement with the Rothschilds and kept Carl in Italy as official banker to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, trading as C M de Rothschild & Figli from 1821.