Continental system-In the Napoleonic wars the blockade designed by Napoleon to paralyze great Britain through the destruction of British commerce. The decrees of Berlin (November 21, 1806) Milan (December 17, 1807) Proclaimed a blockade: neutrals and French allies were not to trade with the British.
The Continental system hurt English industries and helped spur the Luddite movement against unemployment in England. Although it stimulated manufacturing in some parts of France, the system damaged regions dependent on overseas commerce. because the British had an overwhelming superiority at sea, though, enforcing the system proved disastrous for napoleon his efforts to halt evasions of his blockade stretched french forces too thin and untimely provoked his calamitous invasion of Russia in 1812.
England responded to the continental system with orders in council that subjected France and all countries in alliance with Napoleon to a counter blockade. These orders were one of the main causes of the Anglo-American war of 1812.
Peninsular war, Spanish Guerra DE la independenci ("War of independence"). (1808-14), that part of the Napoleonic wars fought in the Iberian peninsula, where the French were opposed by British, Spanish, and Portuguese forces. napoleons peninsula struggle contributed considerably to his eventual downfall; but until 1813 the conflict in Spain and Portugal, though costly, and exercised only and indirect effect upon the progress of french affairs in central and eastern Europe. the war in the peninsula did interest the British, because their army made no other important contribution to the war on the continent between 1793 ad 1814 the war, too, made the fortunes of the commander arthur welthley, afterward duke of wellington
After taking power in 1799 French leader napoleon bonapart won a string of military victories that gave him control over most of europe he a next present day belgium and holland, along with large chunks of present day italy, chroatia and germany, and he set up dependancies in switzerland poland and various german states spain was largely under his hegamony despite continuing guerllia walfare, and austria, prussia and russia had been browbein into becoming allies only great britain remained completely out of his grasp