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The Continental Blockade was a blocking of European ports for trade with Britain. It was declared by Napoleon I in November, 1806. Because the British had a stronger Navy, they were better able than the French to make their own blockade work.The blockade did not have the intended result of breaking British power but instead created a shortage of colonial products on the continent. One of these was sugar from sugarcane. As a result the sugar beet spread over Europe as a new resource of sugar. The Continental System has come to be known as one of Napoleon's three major mistake, along with the Invasion of Russia and the War with Spain. This article is about the continent. ... For other uses, see Napoleon (disambiguation). ... Look up November in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... 1806 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Species Saccharum arundinaceum Saccharum bengalense Saccharum edule Saccharum officinarum Saccharum procerum Saccharum ravennae Saccharum robustum Saccharum sinense Saccharum spontaneum Sugarcane or Sugar cane (Saccharum) is a genus of between 6 and 37 species (depending on taxonomic interpretation) of tall grasses (family Poaceae, tribe Andropogoneae), native to warm temperate to tropical... Two sugar beets - the one on the left has been cultivated to be smoother than the traditional beet, so that it traps less soil. ...


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Continental System - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (526 words)
The Continental System was a foreign-policy cornerstone of Napoleon I of France in his struggle against the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland during the Napoleonic Wars.
By 1804, France was the dominant military force in continental Europe, however the British Isles stood outside French control and the United Kingdom was an important force in encouraging and financing resistance to France.
After the Tilsit Treaty of July 1807, Napoleon attempted to capture the Portuguese Fleet and the House of Braganza, to occupy the Portuguese ports and to expel the British from Portuguese soil, and failed.
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