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British blockade of cane sugar during Napoleonic War

Postby FBC-Elvas, Portugal » April 30th, 2017, 4:07 pm

A minor Napoleonic War footnote. Much of Continental Europe's sugar is made from sugar beet thanks to a technique developed during the Napoleonic wars when a British blockade prevented French cane-sugar imports.

Inasmuch as caramel coloured cane sugar can be refined to become white, you might not know whether you're consuming cane or beet sugar.

The sugar beet is grown throughout northern France and one can see huge piles of beet piled next to rural roads in summer, waiting to be taken to a nearby sugar factory.

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Re: British blockade of cane sugar during Napoleonic War

Postby jf42 » May 25th, 2017, 12:47 pm

In England, I believe Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is, or used to, be the sugarbeet capital of East Anglia. Sugar beet growing in England came into its own during the First World War when, ironically you might think. supplies from the West Indies were curtailed by Imperial German attacks on shipping.

Beets do like a flat, well drained field.
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