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Napoleon was a tyrant because he betrayed the French Revolution ideals of freedom, equality, and poverty. He was the closest person ever to uniting Europe, but did not get that done. He had so much power and used it to become a tyrant. Everyone hated him and would make fun of him .Cartoonists mocked him with cartoons, and people would laugh about how he was so short, but with a big hat, and belly. Napoleon made 3 main and big mistakes; the continental system, peninsular war, and invasion of Russia. Napoleon failed almost everything he did, very few were accomplished.
On November 1806, Napoleon set up a blockade (a great forcible closing of ports) to prevent all trade and communication with Great Britain, and other European nations. Napoleon called this policy the Continental System, because it was supposed to make continental Europe more self-sufficient. Napoleon also intended it to destroy Great Britain’s commercial and industrial economy. Napoleons’ blockade wasn’t tight enough, that they got aided by the British; smugglers managed to bring cargo from Britain into Europe. The Blockade weakened the British trade but it didn’t destroy it. In addition, the British responded with its own blockade. The British had a stronger navy, so they were better able to make the blockade work. To make the blockade more forceful, the British navy stopped neutral ships bound for the continent and forced them to sail to a British port to be searched and taxed. America ships were among these stopped by the British navy. In 1812, the US congress declared war on Britain which lasted two years.

In 1808, Napoleon made a second mistake, the Peninsular war. He wanted to get Portugal to accept the continental system, so he sent an invasion force through Spain. They protested, so Napoleon removed the Spanish king and put his brother Joseph on the throne. This angered the Spanish people and inflamed their nationalistic feelings. The Spanish worried that Napoleon would attack their church, after seeing what the French Revolution did to the Catholic Church (it weakened). For six years, groups of Spanish peasant farmers, known as guerrillas struck at the French armies in Spain. Napoleon couldn’t defeat...

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