Great Britain tried to induce her to become an ally against France.
Catharine coquetted a long time with King George, while her sympathies were with Sweden, Denmark, and Holland.
Their neutral ships were continually interfered with by British sea-rovers, whose acts were justified by the British government.
France h therefore given an order to fit out a considerable portion of her naval forces to act as her honor, her interest, and necessity may require.
The Empress invited Sweden, Denmark, Portugal, and the Netherlands to join in support of her declaration.
These, with Prussia and Russia, entered into a league in the course of the year.
y was further foreshadowed by an Order in Council (Nov 11, 1807) prohibiting any neutral trade with France or her allies—in other words, with the whole of Europe, Sweden excepted—unless through Great Britain.
A colorable pretext for these orders was the Berlin decree.
In 1816 it was proposed to Spain to accept, o