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Author Ocampo, Emilio, 1963-

Title The emperor's last campaign : a Napoleonic empire in America / Emilio Ocampo.

Imprint Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, c2009.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    980.02 OCA    Available
Description xx, 503 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Series Atlantic crossings
Atlantic crossings.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1815 -- After Waterloo -- Ah, la perfide Albion! -- The revenge of the Bourbons -- America: Bonapartist haven -- Prometheus chained -- 1816 -- Wilson enters the scene -- Dreaming of new empires -- A Bonapartist court in Philadelphia -- Napoleon loses his patience -- The last campaign begins -- United in a common cause -- Lowe's nightmare begins -- 1817 -- Hope rises at Longwood -- Napoleon's message delivered -- Brayer arrives in Buenos Aires -- The guard regroups -- All ready for action -- Keeping the world awake -- A traitor in their midst -- The Bourbons strike back -- Latapie lands in Brazil -- The shadow of Aaron Burr -- Napoleon changes strategy -- 1818 -- Between Florida and Texas -- The London connection -- In His Majesty's service --- A mystery to be unraveled -- Gourgaud leaves St. Helena -- Get rid of Brayer! -- Farewell to England -- Lallemand charges again -- A Bourbon king in Buenos Aires? -- Breakthrough at Jamestown -- The Mosquito affair -- 1819 -- Neutralizing Lallemand -- England sides with Spain -- Rendezvous at Portobello -- Another messenger leaves St. Helena -- A revolution in England? -- Cochrane alone -- Toujours la France -- 1820 -- Napoleon's shadow cast over Europe -- Cochrane the liberator -- Blood flows at Longwood -- The revolutionary virus spreads -- A throne awaits Napoleon -- From Buenos Aires to St. Helena -- Prometheus unbound.
Summary "Napoleon's last campaign didn't end at Waterloo. After that fateful day on June 1815, hundreds if not thousands of veterans of Napoleon's army emigrated to America. Many went farther south and joined the rebels fighting for independence in the Spanish colonies, from Mexico to Buenos Aires. The Bonapartists roiled the Western World as they sought fortune, fame, and glory in the expanding United States and in the tumultuous Spanish Americas suffering from repression and civil disorder, and even in the states of Europe. Among them were Lord Thomas Cochrane, Sir Robert Wilson, Charles Lallemand, and Michel Brayer, some of the most interesting characters of the Napoleonic era. This is the first full-length examination of the Bonapartists who emigrated from France after Napoleon's defeat and exile, who formed a loose confederation with adventurers and romantics, and who contemplated a new empire in the Western Hemisphere. The scheme had the support and encouragement of the fallen emperor himself and his brother Joseph, former King of Spain. Emilio Ocampo has examined archives on three continents and sources in several languages to ferret out the evidence - a monumental task considering that conspirators tried to leave no evidence of their plans, and that a failed plot, like failure in general, leaves few claimants. Ocampo reinterprets Latin American independence as an international event that drew in all the states of the Atlantic basin. By illuminating the complex connections between the shattered France of the Bourbon restoration; new radicals in a Britain inspired by the French Revolution; Napoleon in exile at St. Helena; the United States, where home-grown adventurers and French emigres alike saw opportunity; and, the collapsing Spanish colonial empire, where revolutionaries were allying themselves with the veterans of Napoleon's Grande Armee, Ocampo brings together two bodies of scholarship: Napoleonic history and Latin American independence. "The Emperor's Last Campaign" is a fascinating story, well told, and peopled with all sorts of improbable individuals and schemes that perhaps just missed coming to full fruition"--Jacket.
Subject Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821 -- Relations with Latin Americans.
Bonapartism -- Latin America -- History.
Latin America -- History -- Wars of Independence, 1806-1830.
Added Title Napoleonic empire in America
Última campaña del emperador. English
ISBN 9780817316464 (cloth)
0817316469 (cloth)

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