The Life and Times of Stephen Girard, Mariner and Merchant - Vol. 2

The Life and Times of Stephen Girard, Mariner and Merchant - Vol. 2

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The Life and Times of Stephen Girard, Mariner and Merchant - Vol. 2

The Life and Times of Stephen Girard, Mariner and Merchant - Vol. 2

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May sixteenth, 1803, Great Britain declared war on France, but really on Napoleon, and opened a struggle which ended on the field of Waterloo. Napoleon, acting with his usual promptness, seized the neutral Kingdom of Naples, and sent an army to overrun and occupy Hanover, of which King George was Elector. Great Britain then blockaded the mouths of the Elbe and the Weser, and Napoleon, July 15, by a decree barred from every port of France any vessel which had cleared from Great Britain. But he did not stop with that. He forced Spain to purchase safety by the payment of 72,000,000 francs a year, exacted from Portugal as the price of neutrality 1,000,000 francs a month, and made preparations for what was believed to be the invasion of England; moved troops from the Rheinish frontier to the shores of Picardy; formed camps at Utrecht, Bruges, St. Omer, St. Malo; gathered one army at Boulogne and another at Etaples, and raised by popular subscription, a great sum of money with which to build a flotilla of flat bottomed boats for moving troops across the Channel.

Believing great profit would come to the merchants of the United States from the exclusion of British ships and vessels from French ports, the correspondents of . . .

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