- Napoleon Bonaparte
reference to his fallen troops at Eylau.
Born in 1807:
Died in 1807:
Events of 1807:
Hegel publishes The Phenomenology of Mind.
Charles and Mary Lamb publish Tales from Shakespeare,
a set of prose adaptations of William Shakespeare's plays for children.
Robert Fulton launches his first steamboat, Claremont.
Between August 11 and August 17, "Fulton's Folly paddle-wheels her way from
New York City to Albany, NY, New York.
(March 2) The United States Congress passes an act banning the slave
trade, effective January 1, 1808. The law call for the seizure
of all ships fitted out for carrying slaves.
(March 25) The British Parliament passes an act abolishing the slave
trade starting in 1808. This act levies a fine of £100
per slave found on board a captured ships. Captains about to be boarded
simply throw the slaves overboard.
President Thomas Jefferson forms the "Survey of the Coast" to
chart American waters.
The Burr Conspiracy has a bizarre ending.
(January 10) Aaron Burr reads in the newspaper that he is wanted for treason.
(February 2) Burr turns himself in at Natchez, MS and is arraigned.
He jumps bail.
(February 20) Burr is recaptured.
In the Circuit Court in Richmond Virginia, before Chief Justice John
Marshall, General James Wilkinson testifies against his co-conspirator
Aaron Burr and is released. Burr's defense attorney is none other than Andrew Jackson, who takes the opportunity to vilify his hated rival, Wilkinson.
(September 1) Burr is acquitted of treason. Marshall rules that
his building of a private army is not an "overt act", and that his other
acts didn't have the required two witnesses.
Zebulon Pike's expedition is in sorry shape, about to starve.
(February) Fortunately, Spanish troops arrive. Unfortunately, they arrest
Pike and his men and throw them into prison in Santa Fe.
(July 1) The Spanish release Pike and his men at Natchitoches (on
the border between New Spain and the United States).
Serb rebels, with Russian help, take control of Serbia; however, according
to a Croatian website, they also ethnically cleanse Belgrade of Moslems
Napoleon Bonaparte has much success against the Fourth Coalition on the Continent,
but Britain controls the sea (much to the consternation of Napoleon, as
well as the United States:
(January 1) The British take Curaçao, also giving them
control over Aruba and Bonaire.
(January 19) A British fleet forces the Dardanelles but Turkish
shore batteries (with French artillery experts advising them) keep them
from reaching Constantinople.
the British capture Copenhagen
The British occupying force in Buenos Aires surrenders. Unaware of this,
10,000 British troops are sent to reinforce them.
(February 3) The British take Montevideo.
(February 8) Battle of Eylau.Two of Napoleon's corps are cut to
pieces by cannon near Eylau, but the French cavalry under Murat and more
infantry under Davout hold. Russian General Bennigsen eventually
(March 1) The British fleet near Constantinople sails back to the Mediterranean.
(March 22) The British troops in Sicily are sent to Egypt, after
some idiot suggests that they help the Mamelukes retake Egypt from the
Albanian Muhammad Ali.
(April) Alexandria surrenders to the British, but Muhammad Ali's
Albanian troops trap them inside the walls after several regiments are
destroyed while trying to take Rosetta. The Mamelukes are no help
(May 25) Meanwhile, in Constantinople, the Janissaries feel their power
threatened by Sultan Selim III's western-style reforms, and humiliated
by their losses in Serbia. The Janissaries revolt and imprison Selim,
putting their leader on the throne as Sultan Mustafa IV.
(June 14) Battle of Friedland Napoleon takes advantage of bad
Russian positioning at this town near Königsberg in East Prussia,
smashing the Russian army.
(June 15) The Prussian Army (allied to Russia) abandons Königsberg.
(June 23) The USF Chesapeake refuses the demand of the
captain of the HMS Leopard to board and search for British deserters.
opens fire, Chesapeake is forced to submit. The British impress
four American sailors (previously-pressed Americans who had escaped from
the Leopard while in Hampton Roads).
(July 5) The British attack Buenos Aires. This is so poorly
planned that Spanish and Creole troops ut down most of the force.
(July 7) France and Russia make peace with the first Treaty of Tilsit.
Russia is allowed to take Finland away from Sweden.
The Grand Duchy of Warsaw is set up. Polish nationalists are ecstatic,
but it is another another Napoleonic puppet state.
France will help Russia capture the Balkans from Turkey.
(July 9) With the Second Treaty of Tilsit, Prussia faces the consequences
All territory west of the Elbe River is ceded to France (nominally, the
Confederation of the Rhine).
Did I forget to mention that the Grand Duchy of Warsaw was the part of
Poland occupied by Prussia?
Danzig (aka Gdansk) becomes a "free city".
Prussia's army is limited to 42,000 men.
(August) Napoleon negotiates an armistice (!) between Turkey and
Russia. Serbia is left to the Janissaries.
(September 19) Muhammad Ali allows the British to evacuate Alexandria.
(November 11) Parliament passes an Order in Council denationalizing
any ship trading with France, making is subject to (search and seizure]
on the high seas.
(November 17) French and Spanish armies invade Portugal.
(November 27) The French army occupies Lisbon. King João
IV and his family flee to Brazil. The British occupy Madeira
and The Azores to keep the French from having them.
(December 17) Napoleon issues the Milan Decree stating that all
ships complying with British regulations are to be seized.
(December 21) The British caputre St. Croix and the rest of the
Danish West Indies (Virgin Islands).
(December 22) In response to British and French restrictions on trade with
neutral countries, the United States Congress passes the Embargo Act
forbidding all trade to and from American ports. This Act does
not have the intended effect.
According to legend, an English ship (the "Canton"?) wrecks off
the coast of Maryland. There is some confusion as to how many people
survive, but two Newfoundland puppies reportedly survive: the beginning
of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever breed.
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How they Were Made - 19th Century