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Napoleon I was an emperor of the French who gathered and made official many reforms of the French Revolution One of the greatest military commanders of all time he conquered the larger part of Europe and did much to improve the nations he ruled His changes have forever altered the course of French history Napoleon was born on August 15 1769 in Ajaccio Corsica and was given the name Napoleone He was the second of eight children of Carlo Buonaparte and Letizia Ramolino Buonaparte No Buonaparte had ever been a professional soldier Through his fathers influence Napoleon was educated at the expense of King Louis XVI at Brienne and the cole Militaire in Paris Napoleon graduated in 1785 at the age of 16 and joined the artillery as a second lieutenant After the Revolution began he became a lieutenant colonel in the Corsican National Guard In 1793 however Corsica declared independence and Bonaparte a French patriot and a Republican left for France with his family He was assigned as a captain to an army attacking Toulon a naval base that aided by a British fleet was in revolt against the republic Replacing a wounded artillery general he seized ground where his guns could drive the British fleet from the harbor and Toulon fell As a result Bonaparte was promoted to brigadier general at the age of 24 In 1795 he saved the revolutionary government by attacking a mob in Paris In 1796 he married Josphine de Beauharnais the widow of an aristocrat guillotined in the Revolution and the mother of two children In all the new kingdoms created by the emperor the Code Napolon was established as law Feudalism and serfdom were abolished and freedom of religion was established Each state was granted a constitution allowing men to vote and a parliament and containing a bill of rights French-style administrative and judicial systems were required Schools were put under centralized administration and free public schools
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