Argentina

Argentina

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Excerpt from book: CHAPTER VI THE ENGLISH FAILURE IN ARGENTINA In the early years of the nineteenth century England was engaged in a life and death struggle with Napoleon, and Spain and Holland, two of the chief colonial Powers, were in alliance with the Corsican. At Trafalgar, in 18o5, the naval power of France and Spain had been shattered, but Napoleon was master of practically the whole of Europe, and he was devising weapons against his enemies which he hoped would be more potent than fleets or armies. England's trade and industries were advancing rapidly, but the long-continued war tended to spoil her markets, and Napoleon was attempting to prevent his subject allies from engaging in any trade whatever with the enemy. Consequently there was throughout the war frequent distress, especially in the North of England, and the manufacturing interest was urgent upon the Government to find new markets. Possibly in some cases the effective fighting strength of England was dissipated in distant expeditions, but in these years some of the most valuable additions were made to our Empire, and if the expedition which is to be related had been in competent hands, the history of South America would have been changed and England would have had vast dominions in every continent of the world. One such was acquired in South Africa in January, 1806, when Cape Town was rapidly and easily takenfrom the Dutch. Sir Home Popham commanded the naval forces while Sir David Baird was Commander-in- Chief. Popham was an able and restless man, and hearing a few months later from an American sea-captain that the people of Buenos Aires and Montevideo were oppressed by the Spanish Government and would welcome the English as liberators, he resolved to make an ...
Book Details
ISBN-13: 9780217439671
Publisher: General Books
Binding: Paperback
Language: English
Returnable: N
Spine Width: 5 mm
Width: 186 mm
ISBN-10: 0217439675
Publisher Date: 01 Jan 2012
Height: 242 mm
No of Pages: 216
Series Title: English
Weight: 177 gr
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