James Boswell: An Account of Corsica: The Journal of a Tour to that Island

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James Boswell was encouraged by the philosopher Rousseau to visit Corsica, then (1765) the focus of political thinkers for its independence struggle against the “old” Europe of Genoa but not well known at first hand. Impressed by the qualities of its leader, General Paoli, Boswell campaigned in the British newspapers, lobbied the Elder Pitt to intervene, and personally sent thirty cannon from the Carron Ironworks at Falkirk. An ironic consequence of the ultimate failure of Paoli was that one of the first babies born under the conquering French jurisdiction was Napoleon Bonaparte, son of Paoli's adjutant. Influential in Boswell's campaign was his Account of Corsica (1768), partly an unoriginal synthesis of geography …

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McGowan, Ian. "An Account of Corsica: The Journal of a Tour to that Island". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 January 2001
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