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Napoleon's Rise to Power

  • Birth of Napoleon Bonaparte

    Birth of Napoleon Bonaparte
    Napoleon was born in the town of Ajaccio, the capital of Corsica.
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    Napoleon's Rise to Power

  • The Beginnings of Napoleon's Military Career

    Napoleon started his career as a second lieutenant within a garrisoned artillery unit, being a Corsican native, he eventually spent three years fighting with the Corsican in the French Revolution against the French themselves
  • Rising in the Ranks

    Even though Napoleon had fought against the French military during the Revolution, he was permitted to be promoted to Captain in the French army.
  • Seige of Toulon

    After a successful capture of Toulon, a city that had been taken over by British troops, Napoleon was appointed to Brigadier General at 24 years old, which led to his commandment of the French military artillery within Italy.
  • Change in Location

    Soon after his engagement with Désirée Clary, Napoleon was moved to the Army of the West, whos main conflict was the War in Vendée, which Napoleon was not partial to partake in.
  • Removal of Service

    Because of Napoleon’s refusal to take part in the war against Vendée, he was removed from the list of active member generals within the French military.
  • Quickly Reappointed

    After the royalist declaration of rebellion against the National Convention in Paris, Napoleon was reappointed as command of improvised forces in defense of the convention and it’s Tuileries Palace. With Napoleons artillery expertise, he was able to successfully repel the attackers on the 5th of October.
  • Divorce, engagement, marriage, war

    Two days after his marriage, he immediately went off to the French military posted in Italy and began a very successful invasion. Winning several battles, and losing very few, Napoleon was able to advance forward and take the states under Papal control.
  • Conquering the Independent City

    After an argument with military generals on which location to take control of next, a decision was made for Napoleon to continue south to the eventual march on Venice, eventually forcing its surrender, becoming part of France and no longer independent for the first time in 1,100 years.
  • Rising Influence

    After Napoleon's advances on Italy, he called for a Coup d'etat agains the Royalists. This negotiation led to the Treaty of Campo Formio and deemed Napoleon a hero to the people.
  • The First Consul

    After his escapades through Egypt resulting in only minor gains in land and many losses, Napoleon returned to cmmit to another Coup D'etat, which led to his eventual election as First Consul. This position of power soon became viewed as his first step toward dictatorship.
  • From First Consul to Dictator

    From First Consul to Dictator
    After a few years as First Consul, Napoleon was facing several plots set forth by Royalists and Jacobians, leading to an assassination attempt on Napoleon's life. Disgruntled by this fact, Napoleon kidapped Louis Antoine, Duke of Enghein in order to frame him for the deed. In doing so, Napoleon was able to convince the public that because of these plots against him, France should re-establish the rule of a monarch, with himself set as Emperor.
  • The Crowning of Napoleon I

    The Crowning of Napoleon I
    After the successful establishment of a monarchial rule, Napoleon was crowned as Emperor by Pope Pius VII at the Notre Damme De Paris.
  • Exiled to Elba

    "The Allied Powers having declared that Emperor Napoleon was the sole obstacle to the restoration of peace in Europe, Emperor Napoleon, faithful to his oath, declares that he renounces, for himself and his heirs, the thrones of France and Italy, and that there is no personal sacrifice, even that of his life, which he is not ready to do in the interests of France."
    Done in the palace of Fontainebleau, 11 April 1814.
    —Act of abdication of Napoleon
  • Exiled to Elba

    With the Treaty of FontaineBleau, Napoleon was deemed the sole reason for there to be no peace in Europe and wa henceforth exiledto a small islaned called Elba, where he remained for nearly a year before his attempted escape and recapture.
  • The Death of Napoleon I

    Dying of an assumed stomache cancer, Napoleon died in his Longwood home due to the rough conditions brought upon him by his captor, British goernor and Napoleons custodion Hudson Lowe.