By William H. Flayhart
Counterpoint to Trafalgar deals the 1st specified account of the real land and sea crusade within the Napoleonic wars: the Anglo-Russian invasion of Naples, which avoided Napoleon from controlling the Mediterranean through the warfare of the 3rd coalition. Flayhart recounts the intriguing tale of the chaotic efforts of the joint British and Russian army strength throughout the invasion of southern Italy. In 1805 Napoleonic France and nice Britain have been locked in a naval duel for maritime supremacy. A British army excursion was once despatched to the Mediterranean to maintain the independence of Naples. becoming a member of with a Russian military troop close by, the mixed forces invaded southern Italy with a purpose to position allied troops among the French within the north and Naples within the south. the 2 nice convoys sporting greater than 20,000 Russian and British troops used to be too nice a prize for Napoleon to disregard, and the emperor ordered the French fleet to go into the Mediterranean and break the troopships. the consequent conflict grew to become often called the conflict of Trafalgar.
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Felix Markham, Napoleon (New York, 1963), 9091. Annual Register (1801), 22629. " Page 5 lands) off the southwestern coast of Greece was reaffirmed. Numerous other matters were left for mutual agreement during the negotiations of the definitive treaty. The unfavorable terms of the initial agreement were compounded by the choice of Cornwallis as the British ambassador to the treaty negotiations. Charles, Marquis Cornwallis, had served his nation faithfully on difficult assignments from America to Bengal.
Otto followed his general complaints to the secretary of state with a specific message on August 21 devoted solely to the problem of Malta. In this communication the French ambassador reviewed the Maltese situation and emphasized that since General Vial, minister plenipotentiary of the Republic of Malta, was en route to London it should be possible to remove the British troops on the island quite expeditiously in the near future. It was also stated that a temporary garrison of two thousand Neapolitan troops was ready to occupy 25.
Napoleon also upset Whitehall by intervening at will in the internal affairs of the Batavian Republic and by stationing French troops not only along the Dutch border but also within that state. French interests in northern Italy were assiduously pursued when the First Consul secured his own nomination and election as president of the Italian Republic. The constitutions of these republics bore the imprint of Bonapartist-controlled France. When neither Addington nor Hawkesbury protested openly against these Napoleonic moves they deprived the United Kingdom of the significant right to take issue with subsequent French activities along the same line.