Napoleon ii la rev francesa

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Napoleon Buonaparte (later, Bonaparte) was born on August 15, 1769, on the island of Corsica, which had been defeated by the French three months before his birth. Napoleon’s father Carlo “readilysubmitted” to the influence of the island’s conquerors, but Napoleon himself “spent his childhood hating France” and “never forgave his father for abandoning his Corsican heritage.” He once wrote: “I wasborn when [Corsica] was perishing. Thirty thousand Frenchmen spewed on to our shores, drowning the throne of liberty in waves of blood... The cries of the dying, the groans of the oppressed and tearsof despair surrounded my cradle from the hour of my birth.” Napoleon arrived in France at the age of 9 and was promoted at 15 to the Royal Military Academy in Paris; according to PBS, his ambitionswent beyond simply military prowess.

After the French Revolution, Napoleon took a leave of absence from the army and returned to Corsica “an idealistic revolutionary.” He absorbed himself in localpolitics and established himself as a pro-France leader in opposition to the island’s governor, Pasquale Paoli. The rivalry between the two escalated, ending in Napoleon’s defeat and forced exile fromthe island. He fled to France with his widowed mother and six siblings at the age of 24 and never returned.
Bonaparte’s Notable Accomplishments

According to Web site The Flow of History,“interplay of military innovations that made Napoleon a national hero and the longing for a strong, secure government that Napoleon promised” turned Napoleon from a national military hero into the leader ofFrance. After returning to France from Corsica, Napoleon resumed his duties in the French army and quickly asserted himself as a promising leader, recapturing Toulon from the British in 1793 and beingappointed general of his brigade soon afterward. Fighting for the French and Italian armies, defending the latter against Austria, Napoleon rose to commander-in-chief of the French army by 1796. What...
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