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In the Napoleonic Era, life in Europe was drastically different. Revolution in France sparked the rebellious spirit deep within the people of many nations. Under the Emperor’s, Napoleon Bonaparte, control France behaved as a new nation. At its peak she nearly dominated the entirety of the continent, and even stretched her influence into other parts of the world. However, she did have one rival that did not submit as easily as the rest, Britain. In an attempt to break Britain, Napoleon implemented the continental system. Designed to blockade trade against Britain, the Continental System prevented the allies or neutral countries of Europe from trading with Britain, or they would face consequences from Napoleon himself. However, the effects of …show more content…
Following Napoleon’s Berlin Decree and Milan Decree along with the subsequent Orders in Council from the British, Britain was theoretically cut off from trading with any allies of France, the Berlin Decree and Milan Decree were both acts by Napoleon to stop trade between French allies and neutral parties of Europe with England, and The Orders in Council was a subsequent order to her allies to do the same with France. This led to Britain seeking for more trade partners to overcome the loss of European markets. Looking towards the Americas and other overseas markets, there was a rush to fill trading gaps now left unfilled by European markets. This trade with the Americas led to a “tremendous rise in exports from 1812-1815.” Napoleon had not accounted at the emergence of new independent nations who had gained independence from both Spain and Portugal to come to England’s rescue. Even during the implementation of the continental system, there was a boom in various regions of Britain around 1808. Britain expanded trade with many different trade partners during this time is one of the key instruments to their survival. Their naval supremacy, left their trade routes mostly unchecked. Even after the British …show more content…
This is shown by the fact that, Britain was able to maintain a practice of mercantilism by trading with Portugal and Spain following Napoleon’s disastrous Peninsular War, along with relying more on the Americas for increased trade. The loss of the United States whom the British relied on heavily for cotton to maintain their dominant textile industry, would have spelled disaster for any other country. However, their dominant Navy helped them expand trade routes all around the world to reduce these economic blows to mere bumps in the

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