The Continental System was partly responsible for Napoleon’s downfall.
Napoleon resolved to ruin Portugal in order to deprive Britain of harbours and make Portugal a party to the Continental Blockade.
England, Prussia, Russia and Austria formed a coalition.
In this war of liberation Napoleon was defeated at Leipzig (1813), and again, at the Battle of Paris.
The British army had landed in Portugal and from there helped the Spanish insurgents.
It was there that Napoleon suffered his first serious opposition on land.
The Unification of Europe Under Napoleon and His Defeat!
Napoleon Bonaparte occupies a place of honour among those rulers in history, who by virtue of their military skill and administrative capability have acquired undying fame.
Napoleon later on blamed the ‘Spanish ulcer’ for his downfall.
The Russian Czar, Alexander I, suffering from the Continental Blockade, refused to cooperate with Napoleon and opened her ports to British ships. The retreating army, harassed by peasants and guerillas, perished in large numbers in the bitter cold.