Napoleon, Russia and Gold

In 1803, gold was discovered in the Urals, in Russia. It was well known that the Tsar wanted to keep it a secret, for he didn’t want the serf population to start a gold rush. However, in 1812, Rothschild and his five boys already possessed most of the gold bullion available in Europe, and Nathan was setting the world price for gold bullion out of the City in London. Is it a stretch to think the latter knew there was gold in the Urals? Is it possible that Nathan got Napoleon to stake out a claim to the region? Could Tsar Alexander have known that Napoleon’s campaign was about gold and that the Rothschilds were financing it? Could that be one of the reasons why there was so much anti-Semitism in Tsarist Russia?

We know that the Rothschilds financed all parties during the Napoleonic Wars, and that included Wellington and Napoleon. We know Napoleon started the Russian campaign in June, 1812, and that he was heading into a Russian winter, which made absolutely no sense. We know he had no valid reason for going to Moscow, and after conquering it, we know the city had been burned and stripped of supplies and was a deadly place to be. Knowing that he could easily have gone on to Saint Petersburg to defeat the Tsar and winter his troops in that city, why did he twirl his thumbs in Moscow for a whole five weeks? And where did the 22,000 troops he sent on a secret mission go? We can only assume the plan was not to defeat Russia. If Napoleon waited in Moscow, it had to be for a very good reason and since it wasn’t for military gain, it had to be for gold. If Napoleon waited five weeks with his supplies practically exhausted, it’s because he was waiting for an answer from the Tsar, to whom he had issued some kind of ultimatum. Most likely, after receiving assurances from Tsar Alexander regarding the Urals gold fields, Napoleon decided to spare Saint Petersburg and take off as fast as he could for home. And if he took the direct way back, knowing full well the countryside was totally devastated and that winter was around the corner, it was perhaps because he was overly anxious to communicate the positive results, and in his haste to get back to civilization, he gambled that he would make it home before winter set in. As for the 22,000 men he had sent on a special mission, we can only guess where they went. They probably succeeded in staking out a claim to the gold fields and stayed on to maintain control over them, for 1812 was the year the Tsar authorized “private companies” to mine for gold in the Urals.

When trying to understand something that doesn’t make sense, it’s always advisable to follow the money trail. Militarily, the invasion of Russia didn’t make any sense, but the staking out of the Urals gold fields did.


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