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France 1804-1813 : the Economy

In 1806 Napoleon Bonaparte proclaimed the CONTINENTAL BLOCKADE against British trade. Intended to harm the British economy, it did, do some extent, but it also proved harmful to the French economy. Colonial products, such as sugar, became more expensive; BEET SUGAR FACTORIES spread (the first being operated in Germany in 1802). Yet, high prices encouraged SMUGGLING, which was going on along the coasts of France as well as on the coasts of other countries which had been compelled to join the blockade.
In 1808 a COMMERCIAL CODE was published, standardizing trade throughout the nation.
The many wars of the revolutionary period, and continued warfare under Napoleon, had had an effect on the Fench population - many men of working age had fallen in battle, had become invalides or were still in uniform, missing on the farms and in the factories.

The Napoleon Bonaparte Internet Guide, from Univ. Doetinchem, NL
Homepage from La Fondation Napoleon Bonaparte, in French and English
Timetable : France during the French Revolution and under Napoleon Bonaparte. An annotated Chronology of Civil and Military Events, by Richard Orsinger, 1997
Links on Napoleon Bonaparte from looksmart
DOCUMENTS Napoleon's Account of the Internal Situation of France in 1804, from Hanover Historical Texts Project
French coins, 1st Empire 1804-1814, from Numismatique - Monnaie
French coins of 1804, 1805, 1806, 1808, 1809, 1810, 1811, 1812, 1813, from Napoleonic Medals
VIDEOS Napoleon, 1955, director Sacha Guitry, bw, 123 min., unfinished. Extensive on Napoleon's early years

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