12. Napoleon’s Rise To Power

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Napoleon’s rise to power saw him establishing the Bank of France in 1800, akin to the Bank of England. However, Napoleon distrusted bankers, believing they held more power than governments. He sought to liberate France from debt and famously stated that bankers, driven solely by profit, lacked patriotism. Napoleon’s stance led to conflicts with established financial powers.

Meanwhile, in America, President Thomas Jefferson negotiated the Louisiana Purchase with Napoleon in 1803, providing him with $3 million in gold. This gold enabled Napoleon to build an army and embark on extensive European conquests. The Bank of England countered by financing opposing nations, leading to massive debts and wars.

Despite initial successes, Napoleon’s campaigns eventually faltered, particularly with the failed invasion of Russia. This led to his abdication and exile to Elba. Financial maneuvers, particularly by the Rothschild family, played a crucial role in the broader geopolitical conflicts of the era, including financing the Duke of Wellington’s opposition to Napoleon.

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