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Continental System

napoleon england blockade

Continental System, attempted economic blockade of England instituted in 1807 by Napoleon I. A counterblockade of the continent by England's superior seapower nullified it. The British blockade, because it interfered with American trade with the continent, was a major cause of the War of 1812.

See also: Napoleon I.

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