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The dispute between France and Portugal over the slave ship "Charles-et-Georges" is settled

10/23/1858

The dispute over Portugal's earlier seizure of the French ship Charles-et-George and the imprisonment of her captain is settled in France's favor when Portugal retreats under French pressure. The vessel involved had clearly been involved in thinly disguised slave trading off the coast of Mozambique and the Portuguese had felt completely justified in following international law. Napoleon III's need to demonstrate France's position in Europe, however, saw French naval units sent to visit Lisbon and, when the British did not support them in the matter, the Portuguese backed away and made compensation. (By John Osborne)

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Charlton Thomas Lewis, Joseph H. Willsey, Harper's Book of Facts: A Classified History of the World; Embracing Science, Literature, and Art (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1895), 299.

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