Activation of troops on the border

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July 1700

As soon as the King of Sweden Karl XII learned about the attack of the troops of the Polish king and Saksi elector August II the Strong to Riga in March 1700, he sent the letter to Narva commander Henning Rudolph Horn to keep an eye on the actions in Russia.

Narva commander Henning Rudolph Horn reported to Karl XII (on photo) about major military preparations in Russia. At the end of July the commander reported that regardless of the peace concluded with Turkey there are big preparations for war in Moscow and that the Russians have closed the border.

Thereafter Horn decided to send his ambassador, Russian speaking ensign Simon Daniel Barohn, to Novgorod voivode. On his way Bahron appeared to be at the front of the Russian troops moving towards the Swedish border who captured him.

The ambassador was taken before Peter I and upon the threat of torturing the information about the defence systems of Narva were required from him.

Eesti ajalugu. IV, Põhjasõjast pärisorjuse kaotamiseni. Tartu: Ilmamaa. 2003
Eesti ajaloo atlas. Tallinn: Avita,2006.

A. Mäesalu, T. Lukas, M. Laur, T. Tannberg. Eesti ajalugu I, Tallinn 1997, lk 127

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