Napoleon’s first time in captivity was in Elba, the third largest island in Italy. After losing to the British and surrendering, Napoleon was exiled to the Italian island in May of 1814. He spent months there, trying to help the impoverished citizens of the island by instituting reforms to the social and economic policies of the island. Eventually, after 300 days of captivity, Napoleon escaped, on this day in 1815, and fled to France. He led another charge against the British, where he was once again captured after the Battle of Waterloo, and was exiled to the island of St. Helena, where he later died.
“Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.”