Research: Abstract of the Napoleonic Era

Geography: Naples and the Two Sicilies: Population, Land, Trade, etc. Circa 1790s

Extent in square miles ... 30,000
Number of inhabitants ... 6,000,000
Number of persons to a square mile ... 200
Extent in English acres ... 19,200,000
Number of acres to one person ... 3 ¼
Revenue in pounds sterling ... 1,400,000
Land forces in time of peace ... 34,000
Ditto, in time of war ... 80,000
Seamen in time of peace ... 5,500
Ditto, in time of war ... 8,000
Ships of the line ... 4
Frigates, sloops, &c. ... 23
Extent of the seacoast in leagues ... 586
Number of inhabitants in the capital ... 380,000
Revenues of the clergy, estimated at one-half the revenues, and one-third of the lands in the kingdom, 200,000 in number
Great Divisions of the country, 4
Smaller divisions ... 19
Chief towns, Naples, Palermo, Bari, Catanea
Longitude of central point in Italy , 15º 10' east
Latitude of ditto, 41º north
Longitude of the capital, 14º 12' east
Latitude of ditto, 40º 50' north
Religion, Roman Catholic
Amount of taxes on each individual, 4s 9d


Source: Playfair, William. Statistical Breviary London: T. Bensley, 1801.

Provided by Tom Holmberg

Placed on the Napoleon Series: March 2007

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