Today we remember thegreatest General and Conqueror in all of history, the French Emperor NapoleonBonaparte. Napoleon was born August 15, 1769 on the island ofCorsica, in the Mediterranean, the son to, Carlo and Letizia Bonaparte. Atage ten, he was allowed to attend a military school in France.
In 1789, afterthe Revolution broke out, Napoleon took the opportunity to rise through themilitary rank, becoming a general at the age of 24. Napoleon was a Frenchpolitical and military leader who had momentous impact on European history.Napoleon was a General during the French Revolution who rose to additionalpower after leading several successful battles during the French Revolutionary.
Napoleon controlled European affairsfor more than a duration of ten years while leading France against a sequenceof battles in the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon’s wars, invasions and campaigns are studied at schools world-wide. Wherebefore 1799, Napoleon was the major military leader of France where during hisrise to power, Napoleon developed a taste for governing when he conquered mostof Northern Italy for France. Napoleon won many important battles and ledcountless successful invasions against the Austria, Belgium, Holland, UnitedKingdom, Russia and other European countries.Napoleonfirst came into a situation of great influence through his partaking in thecoup d’état of 19 Brumaire, November of 1799. He then lengthened his power in areferendum. In 1804 at Notre DameCathedral in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned Napoleon I, Emperor ofFrance.
Emperor Napoleon proved to be an excellent civil administrator; One ofhis greatest accomplishments was his supervision of the revision and collectionof French law into codes. The new law codes unified some of the freedoms gainedby French people during the French revolution, including religious tolerationand the abolition of serfdom. The most famous of the Napoleonic code or codecivil, still forms the basis of French civil law.
During Napoleons reign, heabolished feudalism, created efficient governments and fostered education,science, literature and the arts.After making some poor mistakes in his last fewbattles, he was exiled to Elba, the island off the coast of Italy, in 1814. Heescaped and made his way back to France in early 1815, during his 100 days and raisedup a new Grand Army that savored temporary victory before its devastatingdefeat at Waterloo against an allied force under Wellington on June 18, 1815.
SubsequentlyNapoleonwas exiled, for the second time, to the island of Saint Helena off the coast ofAfrica.Napoleon died on May 5,1821, the cause of death has been debated with such cause such as, Stomachcancer, and Arsenic poisoning. Napoleon was truly aremarkable 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 thisgreat mark in history.