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The Treaties of Tilsit were agreements signed between Napoleon I and Tsar Alexander I upon a raft in the Niemen River and ended the war between France and Russia. They also extended the blockade of British trade to Russian ports, an act known as the Continental System, inaugurated by Napoleon I in his Berlin Decree of 21 November, 1806. The period of the Franco-Russian collaboration lasted until 31 December, 1810, when the Tsar reopened Russian ports to neutral shipping and imposed tariffs on French goods. The alliance ended with Napoleon’s invasion of Russia on 24 June, 1812. This letter (Figure 8) was written just before the signing of the Treaties of Tilsit on 8 July, 1807
Figure 8: Letter from soldier after leaving Danzig. “No. 9/ GRANDE-ARMEE”. 1st Corps Headquarters at Tilsit, 20 June, 1807. ‘.. . depuis mon depart de Dantzig. . . le seconde jourde marche, 8 Juin...” Backstamped at Paris 11 July.
Figure 9: Letter with “no. 59/ GRANDE-ARMEE” stamp.
Danzig Report Nr. 13 – January - February - March - 1977, Page 5.
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