Trafika Europe 1 - Northern Idyll
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What is nonetheless certain is that Løbner spent a quarter

of a century on the Faroes, and that he was around sixty

when he left. One reason for this lengthy sojourn were the

major changes occasioned by the Napoleonic Wars.

Denmark, namely, had not waged war since the Great

Northern War ended in 1720, and during the long stretch of

time that followed, which historians term the ‘Florissante

Period’, Copenhagen was transformed into a European

trading center. Throughout the various wars that plagued

Europe, the Danes sailed the seas under a flag of neutrality,

which proved extremely profitable for both ships and

maritime trading companies. The Danish-Norwegian trade

fleet was the second largest in Europe, and aside from

overseeing Danish colonial interests, the fleet sailed the

globe, shipping goods out and carrying goods home.

The Florissante Period came to an end in 1807 when the

British attacked. They feared what might happen if the

Danish fleet were to fall into Emperor Napoleon’s hands.

30,000 soldiers were put ashore at Vedbæk north of

Copenhagen, and a mighty armada besieged the capital.

From September 2 - 6, Copenhagen was bombed and

burned, and the British seized the entire Danish navy and

every transport ship they could find.

However, it was not just for Denmark that economic

progress stalled. All of Europe suffered a stagnation that

lasted until around 1830.