Napoleonic Era

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  • Birth of Napoleon

    Birth of Napoleon
    Napoleon Bonaparte was born in on an island called Corsica, an island in the Mediterranean ruled by France.
  • Military Campaign in Egypt

    Military Campaign in Egypt
    Napoleon led an expedition to Egypt. The conquest of Egypt proved to be massive loss. However, he managed to conceal most of his losses from the people of France by creating a network of spies.
  • Coup d'état

    Coup d'état
    In 1799, Napoleon went from a military general to a political leader. In the same year, he overthrew the weak directory and created a government controlled mainly by three men called the Consulate. Napoleon took the title of First Consul, and became Consul for life.
  • Napoleon's Coronation

    Napoleon's Coronation
    Napoleon gains enough power, so that he is able to call himself emperor of France. He invited the pope to go his coronation.
  • Napoleonic Code

    Napoleonic Code
    Among Napoleon's lasting reforms was a code of laws by the name of Napoleonic Code. These granted things such as equality for all citizens before the law, religious tolerance, and it abolished feudalism. However, in this reform, women lost most of their rights, and males gained total power over their wives and children.
  • The Battle of Trafalgar

    The Battle of Trafalgar
    Of all major European countries, Britain was the only one to remain outside of Napoleon's empire. Because of their small army, Britain relied on their navy to fend off Napoleon. When Napoleon prepared to invade England, he was met with English navy forces off the coast of Spain. The British navy, under, Admiral Horatio Nelson destroyed the French Fleet. This battle was called the Battle of Trafalgar.
  • Joseph Bonaparte becomes King of Spain

    Joseph Bonaparte becomes King of Spain
    Napoleon controlled most parts of Europe through forceful diplomacy. He used a strategy in which he placed friends and family on the thrones of European powers. For example, he placed his brother, Joseph Bonaparte, on the throne of Spain after unseating their king.
  • Battle of Wagram

    Battle of Wagram
    After suffering from defeat in 1805 to Napoleon, Austria sought revenge. However, Napoleon thrashed them again at the Battle of Wagram.
  • Invasion of Russia

    Invasion of Russia
    Napoleon decided to conquer Russia. He called it his "greatest and most difficult enterprise." A few months later, he would be disappointed, after a battle outside Moscow, Napoleon hurried back to Paris to deny the rumors that he was dead, leaving his army to retreat after him in the cold Russian winter.
  • The Battle of the Nations

    The Battle of the Nations
    After suffering from defeat in Russia, Britain, Austria, Prussia and Russia formed an alliance against France. They defeated Napoleon at the Battle of the Nations at Leipzig.
  • Napoleon's Exile to Elba

    Napoleon's Exile to Elba
    The year after his defeat in Leipzig, Napoleon stepped down from power. He was exiled to Elba, an island in the Mediterranean. After that, Louis XVIII was declared King of France.
  • Napoleon's Return

    Napoleon's Return
    Times under King Louis XVIII did not go smoothly. Economic depression, and the fear of return of the old regime made the people of France want Napoleon back. Napoleon escaped his island and returned to France. When he came back, soldiers of France gathered by his side; King Louis XVIII fled.
  • The Battle of Waterloo

    The Battle of Waterloo
    On June in 1815, the allied forces met the French army, near the town of Waterloo, Belgium. British and Prussian forces destroyed the French army, in a battle that lasted just one day.
  • Napoleon's Exile to St. Helena

    Napoleon's Exile to St. Helena
    After getting decimated by British and Prussian armies, Napoleon was again forced into exile on an island called St Helena. It is a very lonely island in the South Atlantic ocean. This time he would not return from exile.
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    Becoming an Officer in the French Army

    He first started training for the army when he was just 9 years old. At the age of 20, the Revolution began and he was prepared for battle.
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    Grand Empire

    Napoleon used the combined forces of the greatest European powers in battle. He took great risks with his army. By 1812, his Grand Empire was at its greatest.