Today we remember the
greatest General and Conqueror in all of history, the French Emperor Napoleon
Bonaparte. Napoleon was born August 15, 1769 on the island of
Corsica, in the Mediterranean, the son to, Carlo and Letizia Bonaparte. At
age ten, he was allowed to attend a military school in France. In 1789, after
the Revolution broke out, Napoleon took the opportunity to rise through the
military rank, becoming a general at the age of 24.
Napoleon was a French
political and military leader who had momentous impact on European history.
Napoleon was a General during the French Revolution who rose to additional
power after leading several successful battles during the French Revolutionary. Napoleon controlled European affairs
for more than a duration of ten years while leading France against a sequence
of battles in the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon’s wars, invasions and campaigns are studied at schools world-wide. Where
before 1799, Napoleon was the major military leader of France where during his
rise to power, Napoleon developed a taste for governing when he conquered most
of Northern Italy for France. Napoleon won many important battles and led
countless successful invasions against the Austria, Belgium, Holland, United
Kingdom, Russia and other European countries.
first came into a situation of great influence through his partaking in the
coup d’état of 19 Brumaire, November of 1799. He then lengthened his power in a
In 1804 at Notre Dame
Cathedral in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned Napoleon I, Emperor of
France. Emperor Napoleon proved to be an excellent civil administrator; One of
his greatest accomplishments was his supervision of the revision and collection
of French law into codes. The new law codes unified some of the freedoms gained
by French people during the French revolution, including religious toleration
and the abolition of serfdom. The most famous of the Napoleonic code or code
civil, still forms the basis of French civil law. During Napoleons reign, he
abolished feudalism, created efficient governments and fostered education,
science, literature and the arts.
After making some poor mistakes in his last few
battles, he was exiled to Elba, the island off the coast of Italy, in 1814. He
escaped and made his way back to France in early 1815, during his 100 days and raised
up a new Grand Army that savored temporary victory before its devastating
defeat at Waterloo against an allied force under Wellington on June 18, 1815. Subsequently
was exiled, for the second time, to the island of Saint Helena off the coast of
Napoleon died on May 5,
1821, the cause of death has been debated with such cause such as, Stomach
cancer, and Arsenic poisoning.
Napoleon was truly a
remarkable general that was very successful. He leaves behind his second wife, Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma,
and his son, Napoleon II. Let us have a moment of silence for this
great mark in history.