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  • Spain
    Thursday Mar 19, 1812

    Spanish Civil War

    Spanish Constitution of 1812

    Spain
    Thursday Mar 19, 1812

    The 19th century was a turbulent time for Spain. Those in favour of reforming Spain's government vied for political power with conservatives, who tried to prevent reforms. Some liberals, in a tradition that started with the Spanish Constitution of 1812, sought to limit the power of the monarchy of Spain and to establish a liberal state. The reforms of 1812 were overturned when King Ferdinand VII dissolved the Constitution and ended the Trienio Liberal government.




  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Monday May 11, 1812

    The palace of Westminster England

    Spencer Perceval assassinated

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Monday May 11, 1812

    The previous Palace of Westminster was also the site of a prime-ministerial assassination on 11 May 1812. While in the lobby of the House of Commons, on his way to a parliamentary inquiry, Spencer Perceval was shot and killed by a Liverpool merchant adventurer, John Bellingham. Perceval remains the only British Prime Minister to have been assassinated.




  • France
    Wednesday Jun 24, 1812

    Napoleon

    Napoleon prepared for an offensive campaign against Russia

    France
    Wednesday Jun 24, 1812

    Napoleon ignored repeated advice against an invasion of the Russian heartland and prepared for an offensive campaign; on 24 June 1812 the invasion commenced.




  • San Felipe Castle, Puerto Cabello, Carabobo
    Tuesday Jun 30, 1812

    Simón Bolívar

    Bolívar lost control of San Felipe Castle along with its ammunition stores

    San Felipe Castle, Puerto Cabello, Carabobo
    Tuesday Jun 30, 1812

    As Royalist Frigate Captain Domingo de Monteverde was advancing into republican territory from the west, Bolívar lost control of San Felipe Castle along with its ammunition stores on 30 June 1812. Bolívar then retreated to his estate in San Mateo.




  • Venezuela
    Saturday Jul 25, 1812

    Simón Bolívar

    Agreement with Monteverde

    Venezuela
    Saturday Jul 25, 1812

    Miranda saw the republican cause as lost and signed a capitulation agreement with Monteverde on 25 July, an action that Bolívar and other revolutionary officers deemed treasonous. In one of Bolívar's most morally dubious acts, he and others arrested Miranda and handed him over to the Spanish Royal Army at the port of La Guaira.




  • Smolensk, Russian Empire
    Sunday Aug 16, 1812

    Napoleon

    Battle of Smolensk (1812)

    Smolensk, Russian Empire
    Sunday Aug 16, 1812

    The Russians avoided Napoleon's objective of a decisive engagement and instead retreated deeper into Russia. A brief attempt at resistance was made at Smolensk in August; the Russians were defeated in a series of battles, and Napoleon resumed his advance.




  • Curaçao
    Thursday Aug 27, 1812

    Simón Bolívar

    Bolívar left for Curaçao

    Curaçao
    Thursday Aug 27, 1812

    For his apparent services to the Royalist cause, Monteverde granted Bolívar a passport, and Bolívar left for Curaçao on 27 August.


  • Borodino, Russian Empire
    Monday Sep 7, 1812

    Napoleon

    Battle of Borodino

    Borodino, Russian Empire
    Monday Sep 7, 1812

    The Russians eventually offered battle outside Moscow on 7 September: the Battle of Borodino resulted in approximately 44,000 Russian and 35,000 French dead, wounded or captured, and may have been the bloodiest day of battle in history up to that point in time. Although the French had won, the Russian army had accepted, and withstood, the major battle Napoleon had hoped would be decisive. Napoleon's own account was: "The most terrible of all my battles was the one before Moscow. The French showed themselves to be worthy of victory, but the Russians showed themselves worthy of being invincible".


  • Russian Empire
    Sunday Nov 8, 1812

    Napoleon

    The night of 8/9 November

    Russian Empire
    Sunday Nov 8, 1812

    Napoleon and his army left. In early November Napoleon got concerned about loss of control back in France after the Malet coup of 1812. His army walked through snow up to their knees, and nearly 10,000 men and horses froze to death on the night of 8/9 November alone.


  • Russian Empire
    Saturday Dec 5, 1812

    Napoleon

    Napoleon left the army in a sledge

    Russian Empire
    Saturday Dec 5, 1812

    After the Battle of Berezina Napoleon managed to escape but had to abandon much of the remaining artillery and baggage train. On 5 December, shortly before arriving in Vilnius, Napoleon left the army in a sledge.


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