Why Napoleon Gave Up Haiti and the United States Got The Louisiana Purchase.


     Napoleon was in his Parisian quarter with his famous pose, hand under coat.  He had more of a stomach upset than usual.  Reports were coming in about how badly his troops were faring against rebelling slaves in Haiti.  (Well, rebelling slaves and yellow fever).  Some French muskets proved to be no match for dive bombing female mosquitoes.  Hell hath no fury like…

     Haiti had been France’s wealthiest colony.  It produced more sugar for food and drink and keeping dentists busy than anywhere else.  Now it drained Napoleon’s treasury.  “I want to conquer Europe!”  It was a major tantrum.  What do do?

     An idea.  Let Haiti go.  Only a few planters will be angry and the ones who haven’t been massacred were royalists anyway.  Contact my good friend Thomas Jefferson.  No Haiti?  I don’t need all that land in America.  Bah America!  Uncivilized!  Europe is where it’s at!  (Napoleon might be singing a different tune today).

     He gave Jefferson a real estate deal he couldn’t refuse.  All that land, for all that money to conquer Europe?  Ya gotta love it!

 

 

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About tucsonmike

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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