Napoleon's life was a very interesting one.
Starting a poor boy, hated
rising to rule a huge empire, and then finally being destroyed by his
arrogance and ending his life humbled, remembering what he had doe, and
it all in his memoirs for the world to read.
Napoleon was born in 1769, on the Island of Corsica.
Letizia Bonaparte, were poor nobles.
When Napoleon was just 10 years
father helped to get him a mathematical scholarship to a military
In the school, Napoleon was hated and considered a foreigner.
friends, Napoleon concentrated on academics, but still only graduated
42nd in us
class of 58.
he then continued his education at the Military academy
After one year there, he became second Lieutenant of artillery, at the
age of 17.
As a Lieutenant, Napoleon did a lot of reading, mainly in the subjects
history, geography, economic affairs, and philosophy. Napoleon was
assigned to a
post at the Valence garrison when he became a Lieutenant, but spent
most of his
time in Corsica, without permission.
During one of these visits,
trouble with a Corsican nationalist, named Pasquale Paoli, and Napoleon
family fled to Marseille in 1793.
Later in 1793, the beginning of the French revolution, Napoleon led an
artillery brigade to push out a British fleet that the Royalists had
Napoleon's mission was a success, and he was promoted to general,
was assigned to the army in Northern Italy. During the early part of the
revolution, Napoleon had supported Maximilien Robespierre's
group, and when Robespiere was overthrown in 1794, Napoleon spent two
in jail for being associated with him. When he was released from jail,
Napoleon refused to fight a rebellion in Vandee, and he lost his
position for it.
In 1795, Paul Barras, the military leader of a soon to be implemented
government, asked Napoleon to fight a revolt in Paris, Napoleon
and quickly ended the revolt.
When the directory, the government Barras
was part of, came into power, they rewarded Napoleon by appointing him