The German island that was literally a powder keg (and exploded)

The German island that was literally a powder keg (and exploded)
The German island that was literally a powder keg (and exploded)
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In 1807, two other belligerent forces changed the island’s fate. Napoleonic France, which was expanding its dominions across Europe, had imposed the famous Continental Blockade on the United Kingdom the previous year.

The French objective was to stifle the British economy in trade with other European countries. The continent was experiencing the so-called Napoleonic Wars, a conflict that had a mountain of consequences.

Some were huge and in remote locations. The war influenced, for example, the independence processes in Latin America. Others were peculiar and unusual, such as the creation of angostura, a bottle present in any bar that claims to be “complete”.

View of Helgoland, in an illustration from 1890 Image: Getty Images

In the war against one of the greatest military geniuses in history, the more allies, the better. So, the English, not always given to subtlety, thought it would be okay to invade Danish territory to convince the country, neutral in the conflict, to embrace their cause.

That year they invaded Helgoland, which then belonged to Denmark. The kingdom entered the dispute and ended up giving these small pieces of land to the English.

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