The Waterloo Association: Members Area

WA Winter Lecture 1- Smuggling before, after and during the Napoleonic Wars


The rise and decline of smuggling and the strange role smugglers played during the Napoleonic Wars

About this event

December 8th 1930-21.00 on Zoom

Smuggling was a major problem in the second half of the 18th century. It was not simply ‘five and twenty ponies trotting through the dark’. Behind the smugglesr lay a sophisticated network ensuring the smuggled goods reached towns and cities inland. We will look at why smuggling reached epidemic proportions, the authorities attempts to suppress it, and ask who organised the smugglers (it may not be who you think!). We will also look at the role of smugglers during the war period, the ‘smugglers cities’ established by Napoleon and the strange trade in ‘the golden guineas’.

Dr John Morewood is the Association’s Secretary. An 18th century and Napoleonic historian he co-authored ‘HMS Vanguard at the Nile’. His book ‘Waterloo General’ featured in the Evening Standard’s ‘Best Buys for Christmas 2016’.

Free for members and £5 for non members.

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