May 19 1816: Stamford Raffles Visits Napoleon

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On May 19 1816, Stamford Raffles, the former Governor of Java now returning to Britain, visits Napoleon on St Helena. Raffles had been in Java when Mount Tambora had exploded and turned into ‘liquid fire’, rubble and ash. He is not impressed by Napoleon. “I looked upon him as a wild animal caught, but not tamed.”

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