Events During the Napoleonic Era

  • Napoleon Bonaparte is born

    Napoleon Bonaparte is born in Ajaccio, Corsica. His parents were Carlo Maria di Buonaparte and Maria Letizia Ramolino. He was named Napoleone di Buonaparte. He was the fourth child.
  • Napoleon begins his studies at Brienne-le-Château.

    Napoleon begins his studies at Brienne-le-Château.
    Napoleon began his studies at the military academy, Brienne-le-Château. The military academy is situated in the Aube department in north-central France.
  • Enrollement at Ecole Militaire

    Enrollement at Ecole Militaire
    Napoleon begins studying at l'Ecole Militaire, a military school in Paris. His father died while he was enrolled here. He finished the two year course in one year.
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    Enrollement at Ecole Militaire

    Napoleon begins studying at l'Ecole Militaire, a military school in Paris. His father died while he was enrolled here. He finished the two year course in one year. He graduates as second lieutenant in the artillery.
  • Graduates from Ecole Militaire

    He graduates as second lieutenant in the artillery.
  • Stationment in Valence

    Napoleon is stationed in Valence, Drôme, on garrison duty.
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    Storming of the Tuileries and the dethroning of King Louis XVI

    Napoleon witnesses the storming of the Tuileries, as well as the dethroning of King Louis XVI when he is stationed in Paris with his regiment.
  • Napoleon and family move to mainland

    Napoleon and his family flee to the French mainland.
  • Recieves rank of brigadier general

    Napoleon recieves the rank of brigadier general after his courage in the battle of Toulon.
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    Napoleon is imprisoned

    Napoleon is suspected of being a Jacobin and a supporter of Robespierre and is imprisoned for it.
  • Engagement to Désirée Clary

    Engagement to Désirée Clary
    Napoleon becomes engaged to Désirée Clary, whose sister had married Napoleon's brother, Joseph.
  • Promotion to General of the Army of the West

    Napoelon is promoted to General of the Army of the West.
  • Napoleon is given task by the government

    The government gives Napoleon the task of suppressing the rebellion that was occurring against the Republic.
  • Napoleon meets Josephine

    Napoleon meets Josephine
    Napoleon meets Josephine at the home of Paul Francois Barras,
  • Promotion to Commander of the Army of the Interior

    Napoleon is promoted to the Commander of the Army of the Interior with the help of Barras.
  • Napoleon is married

    Napoleon marries Josephine de Beauharnais.
  • Napoleon takes control of Army of Italy

    Napoleon leaves Paris in order to take control of the Army of Italy.He begins the campaign against Austria.
  • Given command of Italian Army

    Napoleon is given command of the Italian Army.
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    Napoleon wins many battles in Austria

    Napoleon wins the battles of Lodi, Arcole, Rivoli.
  • Treaty of Campo-Formio

    Napoleon forces Austria into negiotiating, and this results in the creation of theTreaty of Campo-Formio and in Napoleon returning to Paris a hero.
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    Egyptian Campaign

    Napoleon and his army win in Alexandria, they win the Battle of the Pyramids, but then face defeat in the Battle of the Nile.
  • Return to Paris

    Napoleon recieves news that France had had a number of defeats in the War of the Second Coalition. He deserts his army, leaving them in Egypt while he returns to France.
  • First Consul

    Napoleon becomes the First Consul of the french government following the coup d'etat.
  • Second Italian Campaign

    Second Italian Campaign
    Napoleon leads his army on the Second Italian Campaign, across the Alps and into Italy.
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    Battle of Maregno and Treaty of Luneville

    Napoleons Army wins the Battle of Marengo, and subsequently sign a treaty with Austia, the Treaty of Luneville, negotiating peace and terretory.
  • Concordat between France and Rome

    This ends the discord between the Catholic church and France.
  • Treaty of Amiens

    The Treaty of Amiens is signed with Britain. However, the peace did not last long.
  • Selling of Lousiana

    France sells Lousisiana to the US.
  • King of Italy

    King of Italy
    Napoleon is crowned King of Italy.
  • Napoleon becomes Emperor

    Napoleon becomes Emperor
    Napoleon crowns himself the Emperor of France, along with Josephine who becomes the Empress. He was supposed to be crowned by Pope Pius VII, and it happens at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
  • Battle of Trafalgar

    Battle of Trafalgar
    The battle of Trafalgar occurs between the French and the British, the British win.
  • Battle of Austerlitz

    Napoleon wins in the battle of Austerlitz against Russia and Austria.
  • Joseph Bonaparte king of Naples

    Napoleon appoints his brother Joseph as kign of Naples, along with other family memebers to other posts.
  • Treaty of Tilsit

    Czar Alexander I and Napoleon make peace with the Treaty of Tilsit
  • Creation of Grand Duchy of Warsaw

    Napoleon creates the Grand Duchy of Warsaw, which is now Poland, which will be overseen by France.
  • Beginning of French occupation of Portugal

    The French army begins their occupation in Portugal.
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    France in Spain

    Napoleon sends a French Army into Spain, while the Franco-Spanish army is fighting in Portugal. The Spanish try and revolt unsuccessfully, and then Napoleon names Joseph Bonaparte as king pf Spain, and puts Murat as king of Naples.
  • Divorce of Josephine

    Napoleon understands that Josephine will not be able to give him an heir, and divorces her. However, they remain friends and he keeps her as Empress of France.
  • Remarriage to Marie-Louise

    Napoleon marries Marie-Louise, Archduchess of Austria.
  • King of Rome is born

    King of Rome is born
    Napoleon's son is born, named Napoleon François-Joseph Charles. He was given the title "King of Rome".
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    Russian Capmaign

    The Russian campaign begins, Napoleons Grand Army enters into Moscow to find the city has been abandoned and that the Russians have implemented the Scorched Earth Policy, where they burned everything down. The army suffers devistating losses. With the harsh winters coming, the army is forced to retreat, and Napoleon returns to France.
  • Battle of Liepzig

    France loses in the Battle of Liepzig against Russia, Prussia, Sweden and Austira.
  • Abdication of the throne

    Napoleon is forced to abdicate the throne, at first trying to do it with teh replacement of his son, but he is forced to do so indefinitely and the empire is ended, with Louis XVIII to replace him on the throne.
  • Exile

    Napoleon is exiled to Elba, where they allow him to keep his title of Emperor over the island. Napoleon develops an army. His family take refuge in Vienna.
  • Escape from Elba

    Napoleon escapes from Elba, to return to France, and rallies the French Army.
  • King Louis XVIII flees

    King Louis XVIII flees and Napoleon takes the throne, starting the 100 Days Campaign.
  • Battle of Waterloo

    Battle of Waterloo
    Napoleon is defeated in the Battle of Waterloo by Britain and the Prussian.
  • Second abdication

    Napoleon abdicated the throne for the second time, and is exiled to Saint Helena.
  • Napoleon's death

    Napoleon's death
    Napoleon dies, with his last words being "France, armée, tête d'armée, Joséphine."