Napoléon Bonaparte served as the first consul after he seized political power in a coup d’état in 1799.
In 1804, he crowned himself emperor – the Emperor Napoleon I of France.
Until you spread your wings, you’ll have no idea how far you can fly.”Napoléon Bonaparte
Napoleon I key achievements:
- Reformed the French educational system
- Developed a civil code (called the Napoleonic Code)
- Negotiated the Concordat of 1801
- Modernized the French military
However, Napoleon abdicated the throne in 1814 and was exiled to the island of Elba after having suffered a heavy military loss in 1812-1813 after the French invasion of Russia (known in Russia as the Patriotic War of 1812).
Nevertheless, Napoleon rose to power again after he escaped Elba with a group of 1,000 supporters on 26 February 1815.
In June 1815, he led his troops to attack Belgium and on June 16, Napoleon won the Battle of Ligny (against the Prussian troops).
Napoleon was forced into exile the second time on the island of St. Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean on 15 October 1815.
He remained on the remote island in the South Atlantic until his death on 5 May 1821, at age 51.
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