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The Prisoners of Cabrera: Napoleon's Forgotten Soldiers, 1809-1814
: Denis Smith
: The Prisoners of Cabrera: Napoleon's Forgotten Soldiers, 1809-1814
: Four Walls Eight Windows
: 2001
: PDF
: 262
: English
: 25 MB

After their surrender at the Battle of Bailen, 12,000 French prisoners of war were exiled to the bleak island of Cabrera in the Mediterranean, eight miles from Majorca, with only the clothes on their backs, no shelter, insufficient fresh water, and no food supply other than the meager rations dropped off intermittently by the Spanish. By the time they were repatriated to France after Napoleons defeat five years later, their number had dwindled to 2,500. Never before told in English, the story of Cabrera is not only a riveting account of survival and the community formed by these men, but also an intriguing look at the politics of divided Spain during this period.







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