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Napoleon Bonaparte Napoleon I was born in 1769 and lived until 1821 He was a French emperor and being one of the greatest military leaders of all time subjugated a very large part of Europe and modernized the nations he ruled Napoleon was born on August 15 1769 in Ajaccio Corsica and was originally named Napoleone in French his name became Napoleon Bonaparte He was the second of eight children of Carlo Buonaparte and Letizia Ramolino Buonaparte No Buonaparte had ever been a professional soldier Carlo was a lawyer and had entered the French aristocracy as a count while serving as a prosecutor and judge following the French occupation of the island in 1768 Through his fathers influence Napoleon was educated at the expenditure of King Louis XVI at Brienne and the cole Militaire in Paris Napoleon graduated in 1785 when he was 16 and joined the artillery as a second lieutenant In 1791 after the Revolution began he became a lieutenant colonel in the Corsican National Guard However in 1793 Corsica declared independence and the French patriot and Republican Napoleon fled to France with his family There he was assigned as a captain to a naval base that was in revolt against the republic Bonaparte was promoted to brigadier general at the age of 24 when he replaced a wounded artillery general and seized ground where his guns could drive the British fleet from the harbor Two years later he saved the revolutionary government by disposing of an rebel mob in Paris The next year he married Josphine de Beauharnais the widow of an aristocrat guillotined in the Revolution and the mother of two children Also in 1796 Napoleon Bonaparte was given the rank of the commander of the French army in Italy He defeated four Austrian generals consecutively each with superior numbers and forced Austria and its allies to make peace In northern Italy he founded the Cisalpine Italian Republic later known
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