Napoleonic Wars Timeline - Year
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March 23, 1810
Rambouillet Decree - For
Napoleon, Great Britain and the U.S. are getting way too comfortable with
each other. Thus, he issues his Rambouillet Decree, which orders
to seize all American ships that are in French ports.
August 5, 1810
Trianon Decree - Napoleon's
secret order to his French subjects to condemn all American vessels
(acquired legally or illegally) that are already in French custody.
Also August 5, 1810
Cadore Letter - From Napoleon's
drawer of diplomatic con moves, the Cadore Letter was written by
French foreign secretary the Duc de Cadore and sent to the U.S.
minister to France, John Armstrong. It promises in vague terms that the
French Berlin and Milan Decrees would cease to be enforced after
November 1810. Judging by the Trianon Decree, which is issued
on this same day, the Cadore Letter is a move to deceive the U.S. government
and to turn the U.S. against Britain.
And it will work.
September 27, 1810
The Battle of Bucaco.
This battle is part of the
November 2, 1810
Madison hoodwinked by Napoleon -
In spite of intelligence suggesting otherwise, U.S.
Madison takes the
Cadore Letter as a sincere French commitment and
announces that trade with Britain will be prohibited effective February