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Napolean Bonaparte Napoleon Bonaparte was born in 1769 on the small island of Corsica in the Mediterranean Sea He was born at a very hectic time Corsica was trying to gain independence when French troops invaded He was born during a war and hell die because of one When he turned ten his parents sent him to a military school just outside of Paris He devoted himself to learning and gaining experience to military tactics it paid off When he was 16 he became a lieutenant in the artillery Revolution broke out the same year He joined the military of the French Republic In October of 1705 a government official told Napoleon to defend the palace where the National Convention took place He with his small army defeated the thousands of royalist in minutes He is declared a hero In 1796 the Directory appointed him to command a French army He marched into Italy and liberated it from Austria although some say he conquered it The Directory wasnt doing very well In 1799 it accused the French people of being corrupt Napoleon seized this opportunity to take it over On November 9 1799 he and 500 soldiers took over one chamber of the National Legislature and drove out the members The second chamber voted to end the directory France was now in the hands of three officials called consuls Napoleon was one In 1800 he and his fellow consuls set up the plebiscite in which the citizens had the right to vote yes or no on an issue On December 2 1804 Napoleon crowned himself emperor The plebiscite made this so The Pope crowned him himself People thought he was a godsend He greatly changed the economy of France by making a lot of reforms He set up a bank let emigres back into France he let their be freedom of religion he freed slaves and set up the Napoleonic Code
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