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French General Caulaincourt, 1812

Price: $19.99
Retired

SNC037

Del Prado

While Napoleon and his new bride, the Austrian princess Marie-Louise, visited sights around his empire in 1810 and 1811, the relationship with Russia was deteriorating. Tsar Alexander had been under pressure ever since Tilsit in 1807 to break the restrictions on trade that the Treaty imposed. His first response was to permit open smuggling, but this was soon decried by the French and he looked for another answer. Alexander resented Napoleons actions intensely. He was even affronted by the French Emperors marriage to an Austrian princess. He declared in December of 1810 that he would no longer refuse to trade with neutrals, thus threatening Napoleons Continental blockade.
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