Today in World History: December 2nd

Napoleon Bonaparte, perhaps the most famous monarch in France’s history, celebrated his birthday on August 15, 1769. Born on the island of Corsica, Napoleon would grow up to take control of post-revolutionary France, and much of Italy. After being coronated on the 2nd December 1804 as Emperor of France, and later as King of Italy in 1805, Napoleon faced strong opposition from the other major powers in Europe. A series of wars, known as the Napoleonic wars, eventually led to the downfall and imprisonment of Napoleon, who eventually died on the island of Saint Helena, exiled from his home and excommunicated in 1821 at the age of 51

“I saw the crown of France on the ground and picked it up with my sword”

-Napoleon Bonaparte

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