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At the end of the eighteenth century the colonial empires founded in the wake of Columbus’s voyages to the New World were collapsing. The forces un-leashed by the American and French Revolutions appeared to herald the demise of European rule over distant territories. New political ideas about liberty were reinforced by domestic political challenges to the authority of the colonial powers. The economy of revolutionary France was nearly destroyed by the slave revolts that led to the independence of Haiti, the first black-ruled country in the Americas. Napoleon’s subsequent effort to seize Egypt from the Ottomans was an equally humiliating

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