By William H. Flayhart
Counterpoint to Trafalgar deals the 1st designated 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 struggle 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 day trip 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 smash the troopships. the resultant conflict turned referred to as the conflict of Trafalgar.
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28. Deutsch, Imperialism, 106. Deutsch regards the appointment of Lord Whitworth as "not altogether a happy one," because of his reputation for intrigue. However, it cannot be questioned that he knew the diplomatic trade. At the same time his marriage to the duchess of Dorset enhanced his social standing and was an excellent match that served him well. Whitworth would have ready access to Marquis de Talleyrand during his brief period as ambassador to France. 29. Whitworth to Hawkesbury, November 10 and 16, 1802; Oscar Browning, England and Napoleon in 1803 (London, 1887), 1012.
17 Although Hawkesbury's statement was ill received in America, London would quietly support future American negotiations for Louisiana and would be relieved when the United States succeeded in buying the territory from France. The British position was that garrisoning such an enormous block of land would represent a prohibitive strain on British resources during any renewal of the struggle with France, and Britain hardly could afford to ignore such a piece of colonial real estate if left in French hands.
The effect of the new negotiations on Hawkesbury's official response to Whitworth about the Tuileries Incident was striking. The British reaction amounted to only an expression of the King's surprise at the treatment accorded his ambassador. Whitworth was encouraged by London's attitude but felt the sum of £100,000 was paltry; the need would be much greater since Talleyrand also would have to be won over. The decision was made to approach Joseph Bonaparte first because he could work well with Talleyrand.