Continental System

Definition

The Continental System was a major blockade of British trade imposed by French Emperor Napoleon I from 21 November 1806 to 11 April 1814. It was designed to cripple the British economy, thereby forcing Britain out of the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815). However, the blockade proved difficult to enforce and ended up negatively affecting France, contributing to Napoleon's eventual downfall.

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Timeline

  • 21 Nov 1806 - 11 Apr 1814
    Napoleon's Continental System seeks to deprive Britain from trade with the European continent.
  • 31 Dec 1810
    Tsar Alexander I pulls Russia out of the Continental System.
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