Saturday, June 29, 2019

Seven Secrets of the Caribbean

From The Daily Mail:
For a century, the prestigious French island of St Barts was actually Swedish. In 1784, the soon to be doomed King Louis XVI of France lent St Barts to the Swedes in return for a warehouse in Gothenburg and trading rights in the Baltic. The treaty came about as a result of a love affair in the court of Versailles, where courtesan Mademoiselle Necker promised to marry a Swedish diplomat called Stael if he became an ambassador. Sweden’s King Gustav III offered him the ambassadorship if he secured the trade deal. Marie Antoinette intervened, he clinched the deal and won Mlle Necker’s hand. (Read more.)

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