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The Age of Napoleon

  • The Italian Campaign (green)

    The Italian Campaign (green)
    Despite his troops being outnumbered, Napoleon entered Italy and captured Piedmont. He was not able to defeat the Austrians, and this caused him to keep striving for that goal for years to come, but he did show his skill in military leadership.
  • The Egyptian Campaign (red)

    The Egyptian Campaign (red)
    Hoping to conquer land towards the east, Napoleon headed for Egypt, captured Alexandria, and made their way to Cairo. They were defeated by Egyptian soldiers in a short time, then finally trapped in the country after the British Navy destroyed the French fleet.
  • The Consulate (green)

    The Consulate (green)
    Replacing the miserably failed Directory of post-revolution France was the Consulate. Composed of three men including Napoleon, this was the highest level of government in France. a part of the Consulate allowed Napoleon to gain enough power to help him become emperor. Being a part of the Consulate allowed Napoleon to gain enough power to help him become emperor.
  • Banque de France (green)

    Banque de France (green)
    Following the economic recession brought on by the French Revolution, Napoleon established this bank to help repair the economy. It issued bank notes and was successful, considering it is still around today.
  • Concordat of 1801 (green)

    Concordat of 1801 (green)
    Between the Catholic Church and Napoleon’s government, this treaty made sure Catholics had religious freedom. Though it upset revolutionaries who disliked the Catholic Church, Napoleon was able to make peace with it while having it under state control as well.
  • Napoleon Named Consul for Life (green)

    Napoleon Named Consul for Life (green)
    After the results of a plebiscite, Napoleon was officially named Consul for Life. This support allowed him to become one step closer to being the Emperor, a feat achieved two years later.
  • Napoleonic Code Implemented (yellow)

    Napoleonic Code Implemented (yellow)
    Laws for France were created that reflected principles of the Enlightenment. Citizens were granted the right to religious freedom and legal rights most notably, but women were neglected citizenship, and men were given power over their households. While Napoleon placed order above anything else, not nearly everyone in his empire was satisfied.
  • Napoleon Declared Emperor (green)

    Napoleon Declared Emperor (green)
    Strongly supported by the French people, Napoleon demonstrated his power by placing the crown on his own head. Pope Pius VII was invited to Paris, rather than Napoleon coming to him. All of this was done to show that Napoleon was going to be a powerful leader to remember.
  • The Battle of Trafalgar (red)

    The Battle of Trafalgar (red)
    As Admiral Villanueve leads Spanish and French ships into battle, he is defeated by English Admiral Horacio Nelson. This event proved the superiority of the British Navy and prevented Napoleon from conquering Great Britain as he wished to.
  • Abolition of the Holy Roman Empire (green)

    Abolition of the Holy Roman Empire (green)
    Holy Roman Emperor Francis II officially abdicated his role alas Napoleon created the Confederation of the Rhine. This group would increase Napoleon’s power in the German states and the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire would be one less obstacle in his conquests.
  • Continental System (red)

    Continental System (red)
    What was meant to be a blockade that harmed Great Britain’s industry actually backfired on Napoleon. The Continental System was a blockade on goods coming to Britain. Britain was able to sustain itself, while the rest of Europe felt increasingly begrudged towards Napoleon because of the resulting inflated prices on goods.
  • Resistance in Spain (red)

    Resistance in Spain (red)
    In Spain, Napoleon was faced with resistance from the Spanish people after he tried to reduce the power of the Catholic Church they were loyal too. Using guerilla warfare, the Spanish stretched Napoleon’s forces thin as he needed soldiers elsewhere.
  • Invasion of Russia (yellow)

    Invasion of Russia (yellow)
    Tsar Alexander I was not in support of the Continental System, as it impacted his country along with others. As Napoleon expanded the Grand Duchy of Warsaw as well, he invaded Russia. Napoleon was able to remain on the offensive and reached Moscow, but his troops faced cold and hunger.
  • Battle of The Nations (red)

    Battle of The Nations (red)
    Napoleon’s forces were defeated by the combined powers of Austria, Sweden, Prussia, and Russia at this battle in Leipzig. After failing to take Berlin, the French continued to be pushed away and the Empire lost its grip on land east of Rhineland.
  • Hundred Days (yellow)

    Hundred Days (yellow)
    From March 20 to July 8, 1815 was the time known as the Hundred Days. The start was marked by Napoleon’s return from exile, and his once again governing France. The people were given updates rights from the Napoleonic Code, but the Hundred days ultimately ended in a defeat of Napoleon as Lou’s XVII returned to Paris.
  • Battle of Waterloo (red)

    Battle of Waterloo (red)
    A massive failure on the French end, the Battle of Waterloo ended in Napoleon’s exile to the island St. Helena. The British and Dutch met the French in Belgium and ended with their defeat by the end of the day. This was effectively the end of Napoleon.
  • The Final Abdication (red)

    The Final Abdication (red)
    Following the complete defeat at Waterloo, Napoleon could no longer remain leader. Forced to abdicate by the French parliament, Napoleon was exiled to St. Helena where he died years later.