Napoleon Bonaparte Timeline

  • Birth Date

    Napoleon was born in Ajaccio, Corsica, France.
    He was the second of eight surviving children born to Carlo Buonaparte, a lawyer, and Letizia Romalino Buonaparte.
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    Napoleon Timeline

  • Napoleon's Time in Military Academy

    As a boy, Napoleon attended school in mainland France, where he learned the French language, and went on to graduate from a French military academy in 1785.
  • Storming of the Bastille

    The major factor in the ending of the French Revolution was Napoleon coming to power in 1793. Napoleon was exactly the leader that France needed at the time. He created a reign that restored stability to France and her people.
  • Napoleon becomes Brigadier General

    Napoleon serves well for the French Army at the Siege of Toulon. For this reason he is promoted to brigadier general.
  • Napoleon becomes Commander in Chief

    Napoleon is promoted to Commander-in-Chief of the Army of the Interior. This is what makes him become well-known.
  • Napoleon's Coup D’état

    He overthrew the Directory and established the French Consulate.
    It ended in 1815 during the Hundred Days with his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.
  • Napoleon's Vote for Consulship for Life

    Napoleon asked for peace, but England and Austria rejected his pleads. So he did the unexpected and crossed the Alps to attack Austria's army in Italy.
  • Napoleon signed the Concordat

    It solidified the Roman Catholic Church as the majority church of France. Which also brought back most of its civil status.
  • Sold the Louisiana Purchase

    The Dreams of the new empire failed so Napoleon sold this land.
    Napoleon sold the Louisiana Purchase to the president of America at the time.
  • Napoleon was proclaimed Emperor

    Napoleon crowned himself Emperor Napoleon I at Notre Dame de Paris. According to the legend, during the coronation he snatched the crown from the hands of Pope Pius VII and crowned himself, therefore displaying his rejection of the authority of the Pontiff.
  • Napoleon's First Son was Born

    Francois Joseph Charles Bonaparte, also known as Napoleon II, was born on March 20, 1811. In between the collapse of the French empire and raised in exile in Austria.
  • Napoleon was exiled to Elba

    In 1814, Napoleon’s broken forces gave up and Napoleon offered to step down in favor of his son. When this offer was rejected, he abdicated and was sent to Elba.
  • Napoleon Escapes from Elba

    Napoleon managed to sneak past his guards and somehow escape from Elba, slip past interception by a British ship, and return to France. Immediately, people and troops began to rally to the returned Emperor.
  • Napoleon Arrives at St. Helena

    Napoleon arrives at st. helena and stays there until his death. They took extra precautions this time and did not underestimate him.
  • Napoleon Defeated at Waterloo

    A French army under the command of Napoleon was defeated by two of the armies of the Seventh Coalition: an Anglo-allied army under the command of the Duke of Wellington.
  • Napoleon's Death

    He died in Longwood, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. He was also buried May 9, 1821, in Les Invalides, Paris, France.
  • The Continental Blockade

    The Continental Blockade was also known as the Continental System. Also was the foreign policy of Napoleon I of France in his struggle against Great Britain during the Napoleonic Wars.