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All About History - - NAPOLEON’S LAST STAND -

While Europe was in no mood to wel­come back Napoleon in 1815, within five years there were rev­o­lu­tions in Italy, Por­tu­gal and Spain. One Brazil-based res­cue plan was to re­turn Napoleon to France. A let­ter in­ter­cepted by Napoleon’s Saint He­lena gaoler, Hud­son Lowe, said that if Napoleon se­cured Spain, “France must sur­ren­der, for both sol­diers and peo­ple long for him... the ex­alted hero will have greater fleets and armies than ever.” While we could chalk this assess­ment up to revo­lu­tion­ary zeal, Napoleon was con­sid­ered a sig­nif­i­cant enough threat at this time that ru­mours that he had es­caped in Novem­ber 1820 pro­duced “a fall of half per cent in French stock”.

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