Research: Abstract of the Napoleonic Era

Geography: France: Population, Land, Trade, etc. before the Revolution

Extent in square miles ... 149,000
Number of inhabitants ... 26,000,000
Number of persons to a square mile ... 174
Extent in English acres ... 95,000,000
Number of acres to one person ... 3 ½
Revenue in pounds sterling ... 19,000,000
Public debts ... 250,000,000
Land forces in time of peace ... 225,000
Ditto, in time of war ... 500,000
Seamen in time of peace ... 24,000
Ditto, in time of war ... 120,000
Ships of the line ... 75
Frigates, sloops, &c. ... 185
Leagues of seacoast ... 470
Number of inhabitants in the capital ... 700,000
Number of cultivated acres, about ... 75,000,000
Revenues of the clergy, reckoned before the revolution ... 25,000,000
Exports to England ... 45,000
Imports from England ... 150,000
Great Divisions of the country, 17
Chief towns, Paris, Lyons, Marseilles, Boudeaux, Nantes, Strasburg
Longitude of central point of the country, 2º 30' east
Latitude of ditto, 46º 30' north
Longitude of the capital, 2º 20' east
Latitude of ditto, 48º 50' north
Religion, Roman Catholic
Amount of taxes on each individual, 14s 8d

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

Provided by Tom Holmberg

Placed on the Napoleon Series: February 2007

 

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