Research: Abstract of the Napoleonic Era

Geography: Portugal: Population, Land, Trade, etc. Circa 1790s

Extent in square miles ... 27,000
Number of inhabitants ... 1,838,000
Number of persons to a square mile ... 67
Extent in English acres ... 17,280,000
Number of acres to one person ... 10
Revenue in pounds sterling ... 2,150,000
Amount of public debt ... 4,000,000
Land forces in time of peace ... 36,000
Ditto, in time of war ... 60,000
Seamen in time of peace ... 12,000
Ditto, in time of war ... 22,000
Ships from 40 to 80 guns ... 18
Frigates, sloops, &c. ... 40
Number of inhabitants in the capital ... 120,000
Number of parishes (and above 2000,000 ecclesiastics) ... 3,500
Extent of seacoast in leagues ... 166
Great Divisions of the country, 5
Chief towns, Lisbon, Oporto
Longitude of central point, 8º 20' west
Latitude, ditto, 39º 30' north
Longitude of the capital (most westerly town in Europe), 9º 9' 15" west
Latitude of ditto, 30º 42' 20" north
Religion, Roman Catholic; they are not tolerant of other religions
Amount of taxes on each individual, £1 3s 2d

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

Provided by Tom Holmberg

Placed on the Napoleon Series: March 2007

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