Napoleon Bonaparte (15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a French statesman and military leader. He led many successful campaigns during the French Revolution and the French Revolutionary Wars. He was Emperor of the French from 1804 until 1814 and again briefly in 1815 during the Hundred Days. His political and cultural legacy has made him one of the most celebrated and controversial leaders in human history.
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Napoleon Bonaparte (15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a French statesman and military leader. He led many successful campaigns during the French Revolution and the French Revolutionary Wars. He was Emperor of the French from 1804 until 1814 and again briefly in 1815 during the Hundred Days. Napoleon dominated European and global affairs for more than a decade while leading France against a series of coalitions during the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon is regarded as one of the greatest military commanders in history, and his wars and campaigns are studied at military schools worldwide. His political and cultural legacy has made him one of the most celebrated and controversial leaders in human history. Napoleon was born in Corsica, a few months after the young independent republic was annexed by the Kingdom of France. Napoleon’s modest family descended from minor Italian nobility. He became a general at age 24 and was given command of the Army of Italy after he suppressed the 13 Vendémiaire revolt against the government by royalist insurgents. In 1802, Napoleon turned his attention to France’s colonies. He sold the Louisiana Territory to the United States, and he attempted to restore slavery to the French Caribbean colonies. However, while he was successful in restoring slavery in the eastern Caribbean, Napoleon failed in his attempts to subdue Saint-Domingue, and the colony that France once boasted of as the \”Pearl of the Antilles\” became independent as Haiti in 1804.
Napoleon wanted to re-establish the Franco-Indian alliances with the Muslim Indian emperor Tipu Sultan by providing a French-trained army during the Anglo-Mysore Wars, with the continuous aim of having an eventual open way to attack the British in India. The Peninsular War lasted six years, featured extensive guerrilla warfare, and ended in the Allies’ victory in 1814. It resulted in the collapse of the Continental System, and inspired a renewed push against Russia in 1813. The French launched a major invasion of Russia in the summer of 1812, but it did not yield the decisive victory Napoleon wanted. Napoleon then occupied the Iberian Peninsula, hoping to extend the British trade with the European mainland, and declared his brother Joseph Bonarte the King of the Spanish and the Portuguese King of Spain in 1808. The King of The Spanish revolted against Napoleon in 1809, and Napoleon declared the King’s victory for the French, Spanish, and Portuguese with British support. Napoleon solidified his grip over Europe after triumphing at the Battle of Wagram in July 1807, bringing an uneasy peace to the continent. He then forced the defeated nations of the Fourth Coalition to sign the Treaties of Tilsit in July 1807, bring an uneasypeace to the Continent. The Battle of Austerlitz led to the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire in 1805, and France forced the defeat of the Austrians and the Austrian Empire in the War of the Fifth Coalition in 1807.