The first was signed today between France and the Allies — which included Austria, Great Britain, Prussia, Russia, Sweden, and Portugal. It was made in a spirit of generosity from the Allies, and restored French borders to what they had been in 1792 — plus 3,280 square miles more than those of 1790.
The treaty also allowed France to keep most of its foreign colonies, as well as some of the priceless artwork that Napoleon’s armies had stolen during the war.
The second Treaty of Paris was signed in 1815, after Napoleon had been defeated again. US relations with Great Britain had become more rocky during this period because, despite the fact that the US had attempted to remain neutral during the Napoleonic period. It eventually became embroiled in the European conflicts, leading to the War of 1812 against Great Britain.
Words of Wisdom for May 30, 2016
“There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit.”
— Napoleon Bonaparte (August 15, 1769 – May 5, 1821) was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful campaigns during the Revolutionary Wars.