Proclamation of the German Empire

The proclamation of the German Empire, also known as the Deutsche Reichsgründung, took place in January 1871 after the joint victory of the German states in the Franco-Prussian War. As a result of the November Treaties of 1870, the southern German states of Baden, Hesse-Darmstadt, with their territories south of the Main line, Württemberg and Bavaria, joined the Prussian-dominated "German Confederation" on 1 January 1871.[1] On the same day, the new Constitution of the German Confederation came into force, thereby significantly extending the federal German lands to the newly created German Empire.[2][3][4] The Day of the founding of the German Empire, January 18, became a day of celebration, marking when the Prussian King William I was proclaimed German Emperor in Versailles.

Proclamation of the German Empire
Third version of Anton von Werner's Proclamation of the German Empire (painted 1885), Bismarck-Museum in Friedrichsruh
Native name Ausrufung des Deutschen Reiches
English nameProclamation of the German Empire
Date18 January 1871
VenueHall of Mirrors
LocationVersailles Palace
Coordinates48°48′19″N 2°08′06″E
ParticipantsOtto von Bismarck

William I of Germany

And some others

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