18 May 1803
Beginning of the Napoleonic Wars.
11 Nov 1807
British respond to the trade ban by issuing Orders-in-Council that prohibit any commerce with France by Britain or any of its allies. The Orders are enforced by a naval blockade of the entire European coast.
17 Nov 1807
Napoleon Retaliates with the Milan Decree, ordering seizure of all neutral ships using British ports or paying British tariffs.
22 Dec 1807
Not wanting to get caught up in the Napoleonic Wars, America attempts to remain neutral. The Embargo Act halts all trade with foreign nations.
04 Mar 1809
James Madison elected as president of the United States.
04 May 1811
The Loxley family plant crops for the growing season.