Berlin Decrees


Berlin Decrees
   Issued by Napoleon, November, 1806, to the following effect: The British Isles were in a state of blockade; intercourse with them was prohibited; all British subjects within French authority were to be held as prisoners of war; all British property, private and public, was declared to be prize of war; also merchandise from Britain; merchants whose property had been captured by British cruisers were to be indemnified from the product of such seizures; no British ships were to be admitted into any port of France, or her allies; every vessel eluding this rule was to be confiscated. The object of the decrees was to close the continent against British commerce. The British government retaliated by issuing an order-in-council, refusing to neutrals the right of trading from one hostile port to another.
   Index: Bk Directed by Napoleon against commerce of Great Britain, 81, 82, 105, 171, 172.
   Bib.: Dict. Eng. Hist.; Green, Short History of the English People; Kingsford, History of Canada.

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